Jordan beat Syria to book place in 2019 Asian Cup last-16

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Constantine brought in Jeje Lalpekhlua in place of Halicharan Narzary and the Mizo forward, who scored two minutes after coming off the bench in the 4-1 mauling of Thailand, almost did an encore in the 53rd minute.

Earlier this month, campaign group #NewFIFANow used the start of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates to call on AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa to intervene in the case of Al-Araibi.

"This player, a Bahrain national, is now being detained in prison in Thailand awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings to Bahrain, where he was previously convicted of a criminal offense, the validity of which he strongly contests".

"But the players showed great spirit and willpower tonight and we deserved the victory". His team remain on one point following the goalless draw from their opening match against Palestine. "It's important to grow into the tournament".

India football coach Stephen Constantine said after the emphatic win that despite a gap of 21 places in rankings, the Blue Tigers never considered Thailand as an easy opponent. On hearing the workers scream India, the man tells them that's not good while hitting the wire with the stick.

Mubarak whipped the ball home from an acute angle four minutes before halftime for the Emirates, who were runners-up the last time the country hosted the Asian Cup in 1996.

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UAE moved top of the table in Group A with four points from two matches while second-placed India still remained in the hunt for a knockout berth with three points from two outings.

Jordan's defender Anas Bani Yaseen (front left) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning goal against Australia in their AFC Asian Cup group B match in Al Ain, UAE, Sunday, Jan. 6.

"After I was appointed as the interim head coach, we looked through the mistakes of that game [against India] and I instilled into the team more discipline and emphasis on defence, and the players delivered as I wanted".

"But if you don't convert your chances you pay for it - and we paid for it".

"We know where we are coming from - from very low - but we changed a lot of things", said Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans. "They are the hosts and will have the fans backing them but I believe in my players and am confident they will do well in the next game as well", he concluded.

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