Singapore routed; Malaysia, Indonesia beaten

Singapore got their 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 4-0 by Jordan on Wednesday.


By FOX Sports staff

In a one-sided encounter at the Amman International Stadium, the hosts opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Abdallah Deeb capitalised on some hesitant defending and pounced on a loose ball inside the area, before firing a shot past Izwan Mahbud.

Seven minutes after the break, Jordan doubled their lead through Khalil Bani Attiah, before the tie was all but ended three minutes later when Ahmed Hayel cleverly escaped the attentions of his opponent before curling home a lovely shot.

16 minutes from time, Hayel grabbed his second to cap off a wonderful night at the office for the hosts and send them top of Group A.

It was a disappointing evening for Southeast Asian sides as all five were handed defeats, but Group D hopefuls Malaysia fared considerably better as they put up a valiant fight before ultimately being beaten 2-0 by Qatar at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, Al-Annabi took the lead in the 55th minute when 2006 Asian Player of the Year Khalfan Ibrahim's free-kick took a deflection of the wall before sailing past a hapless Khairul Fahmi.

But for all their dominance, it took Qatar until the third minute of injury-time before they could seal all three points, after good work from substitute Maged Mohammad left Yusuf Ahmed with the simplest of finishes for the hosts' second.

Indonesia also produced a creditable performance in their 1-0 loss to 2007 champions Iraq, who were forced to host the Group C clash at the Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai due to security concerns.

In a game that the Iraqis were always in control of, the winner came six minutes after the hour mark when Younus Mahmoud picked up possession just inside the opposition half and surged past Wahyu Wijiastanto, before drilling his shot past Endra Prasetya and into the far corner.

Over at the Rajamangala Stadium, Thailand were made to pay for a slow start as they were handed a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Kuwait in Group B.

The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute when Buriram United left-back Theerathon Bunmathan could only help a shot by Bader Al Mutwa into his own net, and on the hour mark, Hussain Fadel made it 2-0 as he rose unmarked inside the area to head home a freekick.

Seven minutes later, substitute Hamad Aman raced through to add a third for Kuwait and wrap up all three points, although Chanathip Songkrasin gave the home crowd something to cheer about by grabbing a consolation in the 77th minute with a speculative long-range effort.

Finally in Group E, Vietnam were just unable to hold out for a valuable point as they were downed 2-1 by United Arab Emirates at the My Dinh National Stadium.

Ahmed Khalil fired UAE ahead from the spot in the 8th minute after they had been awarded a penalty, but SHB Da Nang winger Huynh Quoc Anh equalised for Vietnam on the hour mark with a close-range header.

However, it was not to be for the Red Warriors as Habib Fardan met a corner and sent a fierce header into the back of the net seven minutes later to hand the visitors all three points.

Wednesday's 2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying Results (involving SEA sides)

Group A

Jordan 4-0 Singapore

Group B

Thailand 1-3 Kuwait

Group C

Iraq 1-0 Indonesia

Group D

Qatar 2-0 Malaysia

Group E

Vietnam 1-2 United Arab Emirates

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