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10-man Jordan edge Syria in friendly

Dubai: Baha' Faisal first half goal was enough for 10-man Jordan to defeat Syria 1-0 in an international friendly match at Sharjah Football Stadium on Monday.

The win was the first for Jordan since defeating Chinese Taipei 5–0 in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 in November 2019.

Syria suffered their first defeat under head coach Nabil Maaloul, having edged Uzbekistan 1-0 last Thursday.

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Jordan had a bright start to the match, opening the scoring in the 13th minute as Ihsan Haddad finished a good run on the left by sending in a cross which Faisal headed home past Syrian goalkeeper Taha Mosa.

However, Faisal turned from hero to villain four minutes before the break as he received a second yellow card after an elbowing incident on Fares Arnaout. Syria, however, failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority as Jordan held on for the victory.

The two sides are preparing for the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers with Syria top of Group A with five victories from as many matches while Jordan are third in Group B with 10 points from five matches.

Photo: Jordan Football Association

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