SINGAPORE: Jordan was rewarded with a spot in next year’s Asian Cup tournament in Australia after they defeated Singapore 3-1 on Tuesday , Singapore valiantly fought for over two hours and with the match hanging in the balance and both teams desperately looking for that separation, Thaer Bawab converted from long distance freekick from the edge of the box in the43th minute to break the 0-0 standoff. The lightning quick goal came after a foiled attack by the Singapore.
Both sides were also controversially reduced to ten men. Centre-back Baihakki Khaizan was shown a straight red card for an alleged physical contact while Jordan captain Ahmad Hayel was shown a second yellow card in the second half despite winning the ball with his challenge. The Singapore National team claimed that Hafiz Abu Sujad was tripped as he tried to close Thaer Bawab down but the referee waved away their protests.
Ahmad Hayel was left unmarked at a corner-kick and the Jordan captain capitalised on the poor defending to give his side, So it was that the Jordan held a 2-0 lead coming into the second half, and it did not look like they wanted to let the Singapore back into this game.. Singapore managed to cut Jordan’s lead in the 84th minute after they were awarded a penalty for handball. Khairul hit the penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to set up a hit the penalty goal for Singapore.
The result was put beyond doubt in the 86th minute when substitute Youssef Ahmad calmly hit the ball over Izwan Mahbud to restore Jordan’s two-goal lead to 1.
Singapore’s final Group A game will be against Oman on March 5.