UAE suffer 1-0 Asian Games defeat

Barnaby Read 15:25 18/09/2014
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Losing cause: The UAE players (red) were not able to secure a second Group G win over Jordan.

The UAE's hopes of progressing from Group G of the football competition at the 2014 Asian Games are still alive despite falling to a 1-0 defeat at the Goyang Stadium this afternoon.

Ahmed Alassawi scored the only goal of the game for Jordan after just seven minutes, to which the UAE could find no reply.

To make matters worse, Waleed Al Mazrouei was sent of for the UAE for a second bookable offence two minutes from the interval.

Ali Ebrahim's team, comprised of 17 under-23 and three over-age players, remain favourites to progress to the last 16 alongside their victors thanks to their 5-0 win over India in their first outing in Incheon.

That result means that the UAE can only exit the competition if India manage to beat Jordan by five goals to nil. 

If they do progress as expected, the UAE will most likely face either Vietnam or Kyrgyzstan Group H in the next round, with the winner of the gruop to be decided in Monday's showdown between the two teams.

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