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Asian Cup hosts Jordan smothers Malditas to top Group A

Shahnaz Jebreen and Jordan gave Claire Lim and the Philippines a tough lesson heading into the AFC Women's Cup next year. (photo by Tajikistan Football Federation)
By Kevin Estrada

With spots in the AFC Women's Asian Cup next year all secured, Jordan gave the Philippines a harsh lesson, firing in all cylinders once again to top Group A of the qualifiers early Wednesday afternoon in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, (late afternoon, Manila time).

A first half onslaught was enough for the tournament hosts en route to a 5-1 beating of the Malditas in a no-bearing encounter as both teams who are already qualified for the final tournament as they also go one step closer in reaching the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Taking advantage of a sloppy defending of their opposition, Luna Al-Masri (15', 48') and Maysa Jbarah (29', 37') scored braces to sweep all their five assignments, with the latter ended the qualifiers on top of the goalscoring charts with 13, as captain Stephani Al-Naber capping it off with a 67th minute strike to put the match away.

With their history-making qualification secured last Monday, the Filipinas were no match on the overall mastery of their lady Jordanian counterparts on both ends of the pitch but Alisha del Campo's 91st minute consolation to avoid a shutout somehow ended their qualifying campaign on a bright note, as they end as bridesmaids in their group with 10 points despite seeing their record five-match unbeaten run snapped.

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