Jordan beats China 2-1 in World Cup qualifying
Jordan took control of its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-1 win over China on Tuesday.
Baha Abdul Rahman put the hosts ahead in the 49th minute with a powerful shot after Abdullah Deeb's pass before Amer Deeb added the second six minutes later as China pressed forward in search of an equalizer.
Hao Junmin pulled one back in the 57th when he caught goalkeeper Amer Shafee by surprise with a shot that went through the defensive wall, but Jordan held on for its first win over China in nine attempts.
Jordan has six points from two games and is three points clear of China at the top of Group A. Iraq has three points, while Singapore is without a point.
''We had a very tough match,'' Jordan coach Adnan Hamad told The Associated Press. ''The Chinese played well in the first half but we managed to regroup and play as we planned.
''The result took us to the top of the group and we are really excited.''
China had 70 percent of the possession in the first half at Amman International Stadium, but several good saves by Amer Shafee kept the scoreline blank at halftime.
''We had a good start but somehow we lost the rhythm,'' China coach Jose Camacho said.
Jordan next travels to Singapore on Oct. 11, while China hosts Iraq on the same day.