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WC Qualification Asia

  • October 11, 2011
  • • 12:30
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: Myung-Yong Choi
  • • Attendance: 3799

Singapore 0-3 Jordan: Singapore fall to third consecutive defeat as Jordan strengthen qualifying hopes

Singapore 0-3 Jordan: Singapore fall to third consecutive defeat as Jordan strengthen qualifying hopes

The hosts ended any realistic chance of qualifying for the fourth qualifying round, with Jordan recording a comprehensive win at Jalan Besar Stadium

Early Singapore pressure went to waste, as Jordan raced to a quick lead before securing a 3-0 win in the third round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

Needing a victory to keep their slim qualification hopes alive and trailing from an Abdallah Deeb goal on 11 minutes, the hosts responded by controlling much of the first-half, but failed to convert the few chances that came their way.

Safuwan Baharudin was the first to pass on an opportunity to draw level, mistiming his header from close range after being picked out unmarked at the far post from a cornerkick.

Then, Shi Jiayi nearly caught Amer Shafi off-guard with a mishit cross but saw his shot diverted wide by the alert goalkeeper.

Amer, however, would find himself with little else to do for the night, with Singapore unable to even register a shot on target.

Jordan almost doubled their lead from the start of the second-half, with Deeb hitting the crossbar with a thundering header. The forward would make amends and turn provider minutes later, with his free-kick being glanced home by Anas Bani Yaseen.

The Group A leaders put the match out of reach with a third and conclusive goal just past the hour mark through Ahmad Hayel.

Singapore struggled to pull themselves back into the game with the exception of a late flurry that was sparked off by a contentious decision by South Korean referee Choi Myung Yong.

Shahril Ishak's strike on 77 minutes from a quickly taken free-kick was first awarded then rescinded by Choi. Surrounded by the furious Jordanians, the official sought the advice of his assistant before awarding an offside decision against the Singapore captain.

Losing their second home game of the qualifiers, Singapore remain rooted to the bottom of Group A without a single point and with a daunting trip to Jordan in the offing next.

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