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Australia cops surprise defeat in Jordan

Australia have been beaten by Jordan 2-1 in Amman in AFC World Cup qualifying.

Holger Osieck's Socceroos were shocked by a lively Jordanian outfit at the King Abdullah International Stadium with the home side opening the scoring via the penalty spot in the 47th minute.

Hassan Abdel Fattah stepped up to beat Mark Schwarzer after Mile Jedinak was penalised for providing minimal contact on Odai Al Saify in the area.

Apart from that contest, Jordan had done little to worry the Socceroos who had a few good chances to take the lead in the first half via Tim Cahill and Jedinak.

However, Jordan took their chances and managed a second goal in the 77th minute when Saify set up Amer Deeb to slot home for a two-goal lead.

Substitute Archie Thompson grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 86th minute but the damage had been done with Jordan scoring a famous victory.

The loss leaves the Aussies third on the Group B table, behind Jordan on goal difference, and group leaders Japan who have secured 10 points from four outings so far.

Australia next take on Iraq in Doha, Qatar in October 16 whilst Jordan are in Muscat to meet Oman on the same date.

Andrew Slevison
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