DOHA, Jan 13, 2011 (AFP) – There was high drama at the Asian Cup on Thursday with Saudi Arabia knocked out and Japan recovering to beat Syria after having their goalkeeper controversially sent off. Jordan dumped three-time champions Saudi Arabia out of the tournament with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a goalkeeping howler by Waleed Abdullah. It has been a traumatic few days for Saudi Arabia, whose quest for a first Asian Cup since 1996 got off to a disastrous start when they were beaten 2-1 by Syria in their opening game. It cost Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro his job, with Nasser Al Johar taking over. But the change failed to pay off as the regional giants became the first team to be eliminated, while surprise package Jordan now have four points in Group B along with Japan. Syria have three points with one more game to play. Jordan got the shock winner three minutes before half-time and against the run of play when Baha Abdelrahman was left unchallenged at the Al-Rayyan Stadium, and lofted over a cross that inadvertently curled into the net. It was a moment of horror for keeper Waleed, who totally misjudged the flight of the…
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