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Jordan's women make disastrous debut

FIRST GAME FLOP Japan gave the Jordanian ladies a torrid time as they put 13 goals past them and could have easily scored more in an Asian Games preliminary

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Kun Wang, left, scores China's fourth goal as Thailand goalkeeper Warapon Boonsing, second left, tries to stop her during their Asian Games women's preliminary round Group A match held in al-Arabi Stadium Doha, Qatar, on Thursday.

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Jordan marked their women's international soccer debut on Thursday by fielding three headscarfed-players before slumping to an embarrassing 13-0 defeat to Japan at the Asian Games.

The Jordanians were humiliated by the technically gifted and far fitter Japanese who dominated from start to finish and who could have easily added to their haul.

China's 16-0 defeat of India in 1998 and North Korea's 15-0 win over Thailand in the same event remain the leading results.

Asian champions China and defending Asian Games gold medalists North Korea were also in ruthless mood.

China crushed Thailand 7-0 with North Korea seeing off Vietnam 5-0.

South Korea had the toughest task of the day scraping out a 2-0 win against Taiwan.

"It was the first time we've played against a team with players wearing veils," said Japan's Eriko Arakawa.

But her teammates were far from distracted by being confronted with the white headscarves as they racked up the third biggest win in Asian Games history.

Mizuho Sakaguchi (4), Homare Sawa (3), Miyuki Yanagita (2), Aya Miyama, Akiko Sudo, Eriko Arakawa and Tomoe Sakai were all on target with the hapless Qamar Saadeddin bearing the brunt of the deluge in goal.

"Let's be realistic," said Jordan coach Issa al-Turk. "It was like a child competing against a big man."

Han Duan scored a hat-trick as China put seven past the Thais.

Wang Kun, Yuan Fan (2) and Wang Dandan completed the rout.

Ji So-yun scored both of South Korea's goals in the 2-0 win over Taiwan.

Taiwan at the Asian Games

Taiwanese athletes are in bold

Thursday Nov. 30, Men's Table Tennis (quarter-final)

Taiwan 3, Vietnam 0

Chuang Chih-yuan def. Nguyen N H (3-0)

Chiang Peng-lung def. Doan K Quoc (3-0)

Chang Yen-shu def. Dinh Quang (3-1)

(Taiwan plays China in semi-final today)

Women's Soccer (preliminary)

South Korea 2 (Ji So-yun), Taiwan 0

Source: Dagoc


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