The Associated Press AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — If Australia is going to retain the Asian Cup, the champions will have to do it the hard way.
In the first big shock of the 2019 tournament, Jordan — the world’s 109th-ranked team — pulled off one of the biggest wins in its history by beating Australia 1-0 in Group B on Sunday.
Anas Bani Yaseen was the match-winner, finding space following a short-corner routine by Jordan to guide in a near-post header in the 26th minute.
“This will hurt everyone, I know that,” Australia captain Mark Milligan said. “It’s hurting me at the minute.”
In the second game on Sunday, Sunil Chhetri scored twice for India in a 4-1 win in Group A over Thailand, which then fired Milovan Rajevac as head coach.