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Jordan edge Malaysia in final friendly


Kuala Lumpur: Captain Saeed Murjan's strike proved to be the difference as Jordan edged Malaysia 1-0 in an international friendly on Friday.

Murjan struck in the seventh minute, capitalising on the Malaysian defence's failure to deal with a long ball into the box.

Both sides had several chances after that with Malaysia pressing hard for the equaliser but Jordan held firm for the win.

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The match was the final friendly for both teams ahead of the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 which kicks off on September 5.

Jordan are in Group B with Australia, Chinese Taipei, Kuwait and Nepal. They open their campaign against Chinese Taipei on September 5.

Malaysia open their Group G campaign against Southeast Asian rivals Indonesia in Jakarta on September 5. Also in the group are the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Thailand.

Meanwhile, China PR defeated Myanmar 4-1 in a training match as both teams put in their final touches for the Asian Qualifiers.

Wu Xi scored a brace with Yang Xu and Feng Jing getting one each in the match which was played behind closed doors.

China, who are in Group A, will play their first match against Maldives on September 10 with Syria, Philippines and Guam completing the group.

Myanmar open their Group F campaign against Mongolia on September 5. Also in the group are Japan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

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