Syria sack ex-Glory boss Stange after loss to Jordan: reports
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Syria sack ex-Glory boss Stange after loss to Jordan: reports

Former Perth Glory boss Bernd Stange has reportedly become the second coaching casualty of the Asian Cup.

Arabic soccer blog Ahdaaf and podcast The Asian Game both tweeted the German had been axed by Syria following Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Jordan in Al Ain.

There are reports Syria's coach Bernd Stange has been sacked after the loss to Jordan.

There are reports Syria's coach Bernd Stange has been sacked after the loss to Jordan.Credit:EPA

The loss leaves Syria with just one point from two games in group B ahead of a clash with Australia in Al Ain on Tuesday.

Confirmation has been sought from the Syrian FA but it's understood the 70-year- old has been replaced by Ayman Hakeem for the remainder of the tournament.

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Hakeem led Syria during the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, where Syria reached the regional playoff before losing to the Socceroos.

Jordan's win means Syria need to defeat Australia to have any hope of qualifying to the tournament's knockout stages.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac following a 4-1 loss to India last Sunday.

Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm on Wednesday as the Thais bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.

Jordan's victory over Syria ensured they became the first nation to book a berth in the knockout phase of the Asian Cup as hosts the United Arab Emirates strengthened their chances of advancing with victory over India.

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Alberto Zaccheroni's side beat the Indians 2-0 in the day's late game to pick up their first win of the tournament and move to the top of the standings in group A having already drawn with Bahrain.

India are second, level on three points with Thailand after Chanathip Songkrasin struck to earn the War Elephants a 1-0 win over the Bahrainis.

The Jordanians outplayed and out-thought Syria - a shadow of the side that narrowly missed out on qualifying for last year's World Cup - to notch up their second win after beating defending champions Australia on Sunday.

Vital Borkelmans' side put on an impressive first half display to see off Stange's team, taking the lead through Mousa Suleiman before Tareq Khattab added a second.

The win means Jordan, who face the Palestinians in their final group game, cannot finish any lower than second.

"My guys made a great performance and tactically they were very good," said Borkelmans. "... The country can be proud of my players."

Jordan will appear in the knockout phase of the competition for the third time.

The Emirates had goals from Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout to thank for boosting their campaign with victory over India.

Mubarak struck to put Zaccheroni's team in front and Mabkhout added a decisive second two minutes from time.

Sunil Chhetri missed the chance to level the scores just before the break as India chased a second win in five days while Udanta Singh hit the crossbar for Stephen Constantine's side.

Thailand's Chanathip was the hero for his side just days after coach Rajevac was fired following their opening loss to the Indians.

The Consadole Sapporo midfielder smashed home his side's winner just before the hour mark.

AAP, Reuters

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