19 Jan 2011

Japan and Jordan into Asian Cup quarter-finals

8:45 am on 19 January 2011

Japan beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 to set up an Asian Cup football quarter-final clash with hosts Qatar, while Jordan joined them in the last eight by coming from behind to defeat neighbours Syria 2-1.

A hat-trick from striker Shinji Okazaki was the centrepiece of a comfortable Japan victory that consigned traditional powerhouses Saudi Arabia to one of the most abject and humiliating defeats in their history.

Jordan, meanwhile, had to battle back from a goal down and were indebted to some generous Syrian defending as they booked a last-eight date with Group A winners Uzbekistan.

The emphatic margin of Japan's victory saw them through as Group B winners, pipping Jordan to top spot on goal difference.