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Australia edge Jordan to go five points clear in World Cup Qualifying group

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Adam Taggart celebrates after scoring in Australia's World Cup qualifier against Jordan.
Adam Taggart got Australia's only goal.

Australia kept their winning run intact with a 1-0 victory over Jordan in Group B.

Adam Taggart's goal in the 13th minute put Graham Arnold's side five points clear of Kuwait, who dished out a 9-0 hammering to Chinese Taipei.

Australia won't play another qualifier until March 25 when they host Kuwait.

Holders Australia stunned by Jordan in their opening 2019 AFC Asian Cup game

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Australia made the worst possible start to the defence of their Asian Cup crown on Sunday as Graham Arnold's Socceroos were handed a 1-0 defeat by unfancied Jordan.

The Australians, who won the title on home soil four years ago, dominated for long spells but were unable to find a way to cancel out Anas Bani Yaseen's 26th minute header in the Group B clash at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

"It was one of those days," Arnold said.

"A frustrating day and the ball didn't seem to bounce. But you've got to...

Jordan can surprise Australia in Asian Cup opener - Vital Borkelmans

Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans believes his team have what it takes to defeat Australia in the opening game of the 2019 Asian Cup.

The former assistant to Marc Wilmots with the Belgium national team from 2012 to 2016, became head coach in September and his first competitive international will be against the Socceroos on Jan. 6 in Al Ain.

"The first game is tough for both teams," Borkelmans told ESPN. "In these games everyone is looking around and is afraid to lose as well.

"We don't want to make...

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Prince Ali: Ending FIFA's racism task force is 'ridiculous' and 'shameful'

Prince Ali bin Hussein has blasted FIFA for ending its anti-racism task force.

Former FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan has attacked the decision to disband the FIFA anti-racism task force as "ridiculous" and "shameful."

In a statement posted on Twitter, Prince Ali described FIFA's stance that the task force had completed its mission as "incredibly worrying."

FIFA's decision was communicated in a letter to the task force's members this weekend and then reiterated by new secretary general Fatma Samoura at the Soccerex conference in Manchester on Monday.

Samoura,...

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Ukraine beat Albania while Romania and Switzerland also win friendlies

A battle between two European Championship rivals saw Ukraine claim a 3-1 victory over surprise qualifiers Albania in Bergamo, Italy, on Friday.

After conceding an early opener, Albania levelled quickly through Armando Sadiku but gave away another goal at the start of the second half, and Ukraine, also going to Euro 2016, sealed the win with two minutes to go.

The loud Albania fans, who filled half of the stadium in Bergamo, Italy, where their team were training before going to France, were quieted...