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Jordan surprise Australia in World Cup qualifying as Japan, South Korea win

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik questions whether Australia might have been a bit complacent heading into in their AFC World Cup qualifying loss against Jordan.

Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0 on Thursday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining.

Jordan's pace troubled the Asian Cup winners for most of the game and the hosts took the lead two minutes into the second half when Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into...

Palestinians slam FIFA for moving Saudi qualifying match

Sepp Blatter believes the 2018 World Cup in Russia can help resolve the regions political problems, saying the sport is healing areas of suffering, like Afghanistan, Palestine and Syria.

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- FIFA's decision to move the Palestinian team's World Cup qualifying match against Saudi Arabia to a neutral site was "unjust and reprehensible," the head of the Palestinian Football Union said on Tuesday.

Jibril Rajoub accused FIFA of bowing to Saudi pressure by agreeing to relocate the second-leg Oct. 13 match from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan.

In a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Rajoub said he was "shocked" by the decision after the first leg was held in Riyadh.


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Crowd trouble spoils Malaysia's spirited WCQ loss to Saudi Arabia

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Malaysia's performance against Saudi Arabia up until the match had to be abandoned due to fans throwing flares on the field.

A vastly improved performance by Malaysia was spoiled by crowd trouble that saw their AFC World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia brought to a premature end at Shah Alam Stadium, near Kuala Lumpur.

With less than three minutes of regulation time left and Malaysia trailing 2-1, flares were thrown onto the pitch, causing both teams to walk off the field, ending the match early.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) now face possible sanctions from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as the unsavoury...

 By Dez Corkhill

Malaysia change defensive shape to limit damage in World Cup qualifiers

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Malaysia's group in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers contains three strong teams who appeared at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, two of whom could embarrass them over the next week.

After just a point from their opening two home games, including a 6-0 humbling by Palestine, Harimau Malaya travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), before hosting Saudi Arabia.

Here are three thoughts from Kuala Lumpur about the games ahead:

1. Malaysia must tighten up defensively

Six-goal maulings in Oman and against Palestine...