Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Tales from the crypt: Syria 12-RP 0

IN what has become numbingly familiar, the country’s senior team received another sound beating from hosts Syria, 12-0, in their World Cup 2002 Group 1 qualifier in Aleppo, Syria last Monday.
The Imai Matasaki mentored RP squad trailed 2-0 in just 16 minutes of play, after Sayed Bayazid struck twice to put the hosts on top.
Tariq Jabban joined the scoring act in the 25th minute, while Bashar Sourour added his own goal in the 29th for a 4-0 lead. Lohad Hajj Mustafa banged in the final goal in the first half for they Syrians in the 45th minute for their 5-0 lead.
After a goal by Rahjdan Shaade, Bayazid, who plays in the Greek 2nd division made it 7-0 for the 104th ranked Syrians in the 54th minute as they put an early conclusion to their game against the Philippines, the lowest ranked in their group at 181.
In the other Group 1 match, favorites Oman scored a similar 12-0 win over 169th ranked Laos to put their World Cup bid on the right note.
Only one team from Group 1 will advance to the next stage of the World Cup qualifier, which will pit the winners of each of the ten groups in the Asian region.
Meanwhile, the Philippines will again meet the Syrians today for the last match of their two game leg

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