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AFC: Japan and Jordan seal quarter-final berths

Posted in Asian Football by peterbein on January 17, 2011

There were eight goals in the final two Group B games in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and the results determined who would meet up with Group A’s top two, Uzbekistan and Qatar, in the next round.

Japan sealed top spot in Group B turning over Saudi Arabia by five goals to nil. The Japanese went for it straight from the first whistle and were duly rewarded with a 3-0 lead in the first twenty minutes thanks to a brace from Shinji Okazaki and a strike from Ryoichi Maeda. Both players would go on to add a further goal each in the second half as the Saudis were dumped out of the tournament without a single point to their name after three matches.

In the other game Jordan had to come from behind to clinch second spot in a tough encounter against Syria. Mohamad Al Zino gave the Syrians the lead after a quarter of an hour but they would gift Jordan an equalizer just fifteen minutes later when Ali Dyab inadvertently put the ball in his own net. The deciding goal of the game came just before the hour mark when Odai Al Saify bagged the all-important clincher to give Jordan a 2-1 lead and a place in the quarter-finals.

Group B winners Japan will face off against Group A runners-up and hosts Qatar whilst Group A winners Uzbekistan will meet Jordan. The remaining quarter-final ties will be decided over the next couple of days.

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