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Oman moved into top spot in Asian Cup 2015 qualification Group A with a 2-0 win against Singapore away at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Qasim Said gave Paul Le Guen’s side the lead in the fourteenth minute and Eid Mohammed doubled the lead on the stroke of half time to seal the eventual win. Oman‘s second win from as many group matches puts them three points clear of Jordan, who play their own second fixture against Syria in neutral Iran tomorrow. Oman had beaten Syria 1-0 in their opening fixture whereas Singapore, who lost 4-0 to Jordan in their first group match now find themselves propping up the table with no points and no goals scored from their two matches and six goals conceded. The table now stands as follows:
Australia beat Jordan 4-0 in Group B of the Asian World Cup 2014 qualifying tournament to move up into second place in the table, which will guarantee them a place in the finals if they can stay there after the final round of matches next week. Australia, with ten points, have a home fixture against Iraq (18-06-2013) and their only real challengers for second spot are Oman on nine points who are away to Jordan on the same day.
It turned out to be a straightforward victory for Holger Osieck’s Socceroos. They went ahead just after the quarter hour mark when Al Gharafa midfielder Marc Bresciano was set up by Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Robbie Kruse to beat Amer Shafi in the Jordan goal. Australia didn’t manage to build on their lead until the second half when New York Red Bulls’ Tim Cahill headed the second in the 61st minute. Kruse notched up the third in the 76th minute and from then on it was plain sailing with Sydney FC defender Lucas Neill wrapping up the scoring in a scramble following a corner.
There were four crucial matches in the Asian section of the World Cup 2014 qualification tournament this week with the headline news being that Japan became the first team to secure their qualification. They cannot now be overtaken at the top of Group B following their draw with Australia and Oman‘s victory over Iraq. Japan had gone behind to a late goal from Tommy Oar, but they won a late penalty to equalise through Keisuke Honda and draw 1-1. Oman‘s 1-0 win over Iraq in Muscat came courtesy of an Ismail Al Ajmi goal in injury time at the end of the first half.
Any of the other four teams from Group B could still finish in second spot and seal automatic qualification for the finals behind the Japanese. Oman are in pole position on nine points but they have played a game more than the other three. The remaining fixtures are Australia v Jordan and Iran v Japan on Tuesday the 11th of June and Australia v Iraq and Jordan v Oman on Tuesday the 18th of June.
In Group A Qatar and Lebanon saw their hopes of automatic qualification ended and indeed Lebanon are now completely out as they can no longer even make the play off for the fifth spot following their 1-1 draw with South Korea in Beirut. Lebanon had looked set to win as they led for most of the match through Hassan Maatouk’s 12th minute strike but their hopes were dashed deep into injury time when Chi-Woo Kim equalised for the Koreans, who now top the group. Iran beat Qatar 1-0 away in Doha with a goal from Reza Ghoochannejhad to keep the pressure on South Korea and Uzbekistan at the top of the table. The remaining Group A fixtures are South Korea v Uzbekistan and Iran v Lebanon on Tuesday the 11th of June and South Korea v Iran and Uzbekistan v Qatar on Tuesday the 18th of June.
The current group tables are as follows: