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Jordan held by Chinese Taipei, Philippines victorious in Japan

Sunday, March 25, 2018
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Amman: Jordan were held to a home draw by three-time Asian champions Chinese Taipei, while the Philippines scored an impressive over Japanese club FC Speranza Osaka-Takatsuki in the latest pre-AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 friendlies.

World Number 51 Jordan started strongly against Chinese Taipei – who sit nine places above Al Nashmiyat despite failing to qualify for the Asian finals – but were unable to hold on as the match ended 1-1 at the Amman International Stadium.

Midfielder Shorooq Stathli gave the hosts the lead at the quarter-hour mark, and Jordan created a number of further chances without reward, before a 58th minute goal from Chi Ting levelled the match for the visitors.

The match was Jordan’s last ‘A’ International before their AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign begins at the same venue on April 6.

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Meanwhile, Jordan’s opponent in their Women’s Asian Cup opener, the Philippines, made it two wins from as many starts in their Japan-based training camp, as they earned an impressive 3-2 win in Osaka.

Goals from Jessica Miclat, Maria Park and Quinley Quezada helped the Malditas defeat FC Sperenza, who were relegated from the top-flight of Japanese club football last season.

The win follows an earlier 2-1 success against Osaka University of Health and Sports Science as new boss Rabah Benlarbi hits the ground running following his recent appointment.

Photo: Jordan Football Association

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