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Dhaka: Jordan further enhanced their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying hopes on Tuesday thanks to a comfortable 4-0 win over Bangladesh.

First half goals from Abdallah Deeb and Monther Abu Amara proved enough for Paul Put’s side who recorded their second of the campaign to go second in Group B with seven points from three games, two behind Australia who were 3-0 winners in Tajikistan.

Hoping to bounce back from last week’s hefty 5-0 defeat against Australia, Bangladesh held their own for 13 minutes but were undone when Rahman Meshu fouled the advancing Hamza Al Dardour to hand the visitors a penalty which Deeb calmly converted despite the best efforts of Bangladesh goalkeeper Rasel Mahmud.

Al Wehdat striker Abu Amara then pounced 20 minutes later to double his side’s advantage and send the visitors into the break with a 2-0 lead much to the disappointment of the Bangladeshi faithful at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Things were to go from bad to worse for Bangladesh in the second period however, as Deeb bagged his second of the night on 56 minutes, before Yaseen Bakheet’s first goal for his country stretched Jordan’s lead with their fourth and final goal of the night within two minutes.

The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) will advance to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The next best 24 teams from the preliminary stage of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining slots (12 slots or 11 slots + 1 slot for the host) in the 24-team 2019 Asian Cup.

Photo: AFP