The Socceroos’ Asian Cup defence got off to a shaky start as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Jordan.
Meanwhile, India broke a 55-year Asian Cup duck as they thrashed Thailand 4-1 in Group A.
AUSTRALIA 0-1 JORDAN
The Socceroos’ Asian Cup defence has got off to a horror start with a 1-0 loss to Jordan in their opening match in Al Ain.
A towering header from a corner midway through the first half by Jordan’s Anas Bani-Yaseen was enough for the world No.109 to claim a shock result in Sunday’s clash in Al Ain.
Powered on by a small but vocal following in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Jordan held off a late onslaught by the reigning Asian champions in the second-half to leave the Socceroos with little margin for error in their remaining two group matches.
SYRIA 0-0 PALESTINE
Meanwhile, following Australia’s shock 1-0 defeat to Jordan ,10-man Palestine drew 0-0 with Syria in the second Group B clash of the day in Sharjah.
Palestine, who next face Graham Arnold’s Socceroos on Friday, had Mohammed Saleh dismissed for a second yellow card with 20 minutes remaining.
But despite their dominance, Syria were unable to force a winner.
THAILAND 1-4 INDIA
India ended a 55-year wait for their third win at the Asian Cup as they thrashed Thailand 4-1 to top Group A in Abu Dhabi.
A double from veteran forward Sunil Chhetri laid the foundation for India and moved the 34-year-old forward above Lionel Messi in the current international scoring chart.
Only Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, with 85, has more than Chhetri’s 67 among active players.
Chhetri broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and lashed in another from the edge of the box early in the second half before Anirudh Thapa and Lalpekhlua Jeje confirmed India’s drought, dating from 1964, was over.