WC 2014: Jordan 2-0 Singapore

Singapore lost 2-0 to Jordan at the Amman International Stadium in the city of Amman on Friday, 11 November 2011.

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While the Lions had to face the fact that they are no longer in contention for a spot in the next round, Jordan not only won the match but also secured their passage to the next round on this night.

The home side went on the offensive as expected from the get go and all their attacks were seemingly aimed at the right flank of Singapore where Shaiful Esah and Fazrul Nawaz held firm.

The first real opportunity of the game fell to the Jordanians when Amer Deeb sent a perfect chip into the box for Hasan Abdel Fattah who darted his header just wide.

With coach Radojko Avramovic serving his touchline bench and having to sit in the stands, the Lions were under siege for the next few minutes and eventually, the Jordanians found the breakthrough in the 15th minute when chief striker Ahmad Hayel went on a mazy run down the right before drilling the ball past a helpless Lionel Lewis in goal.

The rest of the first-half saw Lions create three chances, the first coming in the 30th minute when Noh Rahman played in a delightful lob that sent Aleksandar Duric chasing down the keeper, Amer Shafi but the Jordan custodian managed to get both his hands on the ball.

In the 34th minute, Shi Jiayi finally got into his rhythm with a good ball out to Fazrul who's cross was cleared back out into Jiayi's path but he blazed it over the bar.

Two minutes later, the Lions were awarded a free-kick when Shahril was fouled just outside the box. From the resulting free-kick, Mustafic Fahrudin laid it off to Jiayi who's wicked shot seemed to be on target until it deflected off Duric to go out for a goal kick.

The second-half saw the Lions starting brightly and in the 50th minute, Shahril whipped in a wonderful cross which found the head of Jiayi who whisked it into the net only to see the linesman call for an offside.

Despite Singapore's valiant attempt to get back into the game, their hopes of salvaging any points from the match was flattened when Amer Deeb, who was a constant menace down the right flank all night scored his team's second goal of the night to make it 2-0.

Singapore had two other attempts to get on the scoresheet with the first coming in the 69th minute when Shahril spread the ball out to the right for the overlapping Juma'at to put in a delightful cross which glanced off Fazrul's head.

In the 82nd minute, Firdaus Idros who came on to win his first international cap showed his wizardry down the right and his cross found Jiayi but his header was off target.

With Iraq securing a 1-0 win over China in the other Group A game of the night, Jordan secured qualification to the next round and when Australian referee, Benjamin Williams blew the whistle, a slew of fireworks and party music was unleashed to a boisterous crowd who celebrated their team's qualification for the next round.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, assistant coach V.Sundramoorthy said: "First of all, on behalf of the team I would like to congratulate Jordan for making it into the next round. As for the game itself, it was a tough game in this cold weather but the boys gave it their all only to lose to a better opponent. I wish Jordan the best of luck in the next round and with the team they have, I am sure they will do well."

As for Home United winger, Firdaus Idros who won his first international cap when he came on as a substitute, it was a bitter-sweet night.

He added: "I am disappointed and sad to have lost the game We had chances in the game and who knows what might have happened if we scored. Yes it is my first international cap but I am more upset with the loss than my own personal interest.

"This first international cap will spur me on. Not just to try and win a place in the national team but to do even better in the league next season and become a better player. Only then should I be thinking of the national team."

Singapore Starting Line-up: Lionel Lewis, Ismail Yunos, Daniel Bennett, Shaiful Esah, Juma'at Jantan(Sevki Sha'ban 73), Noh Rahman, Shi Jiayi, Shahril Ishak(c), Mustafic Fahrudin(Hafiz Rahim 90+), Fazrul Nawaz, Aleksandar Duric(Firdaus idros 71)

Starting Line-up for Jordan:
Amer Shafi, Bashar Bani Yaseen, Basem Fathi, Baha Abdelrahman, Amer Deeb, Hasan Abdel Fattah, Hatem Aqel(c), Shadi Abu Hashhash, Khalil Zaid, Ahmad Hayel(Hamza Al Daradreh 87), Abdallah Deeb(Anas Hijah 78)

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