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Japan, Jordan into Asian Cup last eight

01-18-2011 16:04 BJT

DOHA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Shinji Okazaki scored a hat-trick and Ryoichi Maeda struck twice to lead Japan for a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Monday and a place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup.

Saudi Arabia had already been eliminated and created virtually no scoring chances against a superior opponent.

Also in the Group B action, Jordan beat Syria 2-1 to join Japan in the last eight. Odai Al Saify and and own goal from Suliman Al Salman give Jordan the 2-1 comeback victory. Mohamed Al Zino gave Syria an early lead.

Japan set up a meeting in the round of the last eight with the hosts Qatar after topping Group B on seven points, while Jordan, who finished second on goal difference, will meet Uzbekistan.

Kamil Mousa (front) of Saudi Arabia competes during the Asian Cup group B soccer
match against Japan in Doha, capital of Qatar, Jan. 17, 2011.(Xinhua/Chen Shaojin)

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Xinhua

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