AFC Asian Cup: Jordan first team in knockout rounds

By Rajive Singh

ABU DHABI 11 January 2019:  Jordan became the first team to advance to the knockout rounds of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 on Thursday evening as Vital Borkelmans’ side handed Syria a 2-0 defeat in Al Ain to seal their spot in the Round of 16.

The win, courtesy of goals from Mousa Suleiman and Tareq Khattab, means Borkelmans and his team can finish no lower than second in Group B no matter the outcome of the remaining games in the group.

Australia face Palestine in Abu Dhabi on Friday before Jordan take on the Palestinians in their final group game on January 15, when the Socceroos go head-to-head with the Syrians in Al Ain, said Wam.

Bahrain 0-1 Thailand

Thailand kept their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 hopes alive by defeating Bahrain 1-0 in a Group A clash at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on Thursday.

Chanathip Songkrasin was the hero as the Southeast Asians secured a remarkable result after their 4-1 defeat to India.

For Bahrain, who drew 1-1 with the United Arab Emirates in their opener, the defeat means they will have to beat India in their final match to keep their knockout stage hopes alive.

Dubai Gazette