Jordan shock Australia in Asian Cup clash

first_imgAustralia’s bid to defend their Asian Cup crown began in miserable fashion as they slumped to a shock 1-0 loss to Jordan in Al Ain on Sunday.Anas Bani Yaseen’s bullet header midway through the first half gave the unfancied underdogs a hard-earned and entirely deserved victory in the opening fixture of Group B.Though content to sit back and counter, Vital Borkelmans’ men forced Mat Ryan into regular saves and could have had a second to celebrate if not for a fine save from the Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Awer Mabil also tested the woodwork late in proceedings, while Jamie Maclaren had a goal ruled out for offside, but concerns over Australia’s ability to replace the goals of the retired Tim Cahill are threatening to linger throughout the tournament.What a moment for @JordanFA’s number !The #AsianCup2019 treating us right  pic.twitter.com/TJErgDjfb7— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019Australia were nervous from the outset and their sloppy start was punished in the 26th minute, centre-back Bani Yaseen rising unchallenged to head in Mousa Suleiman’s corner.The margin was so nearly doubled four minutes later as Mat Ryan acrobatically tipped Baha Abdel-Rahman’s free-kick against the crossbar.Graham Arnold’s men created little in the first half outside of an early Mabil chance, although they were unfortunate not to receive a penalty for Feras Shilbaya’s apparent handball shortly before the break.Chris Ikonomidis came on in place of Robbie Kruse soon after the restart and the Perth Glory winger quickly threatened in following up a shot from Tom Rogic, who scooped a better opportunity over the bar inside the final 20 minutes.But for all their possession and territory, the Socceroos were scarcely a threat outside of a Mabil shot into the upright and a Jamie Maclaren finish that was ruled out for offside.Ikonomidis and Jackson Irvine did attempt to force in an equaliser in one final stoppage-time push, but Amer Shafi was up to the task with a smart double save for a jubilant Jordan.What does it mean? Australia’s attack must be addressedA reported groin problem forced Andrew Nabbout out of Australia’s expected starting XI and left Arnold able to select just one member – playmaker Rogic – of his preferred front four.Hibernian striker Maclaren was inserted at the point of attack but, like the much-maligned Kruse, was ineffective, and questions continue to hang over just how the Socceroos will score the goals needed to be a success in the United Arab EmiratesTop marks for AteyahJordan’s paucity of possession, just 23 per cent, meant complete concentration was required in defence and the alert Khalil Bani Ateyah set the standard.The midfielder was industrious and intelligent inside his own half and finished with 12 tackles and four interceptions in an impressive display.Luongo lacks intensityMuch was said about Bert van Marwijk’s decision not to employ Massimo Luongo at the World Cup but, starting alongside captain Mark Milligan, the Asian Cup’s reigning Player of the Tournament did little to prove that decision wrong.Luongo’s decision-making in possession always seemed unnecessarily delayed and he was statuesque as Bani Yaseen nodded home the opener.What’s next?Jordan will attempt to build on their tilt at topping Group B when they meet Syria on Thursday.Australia are in action the following the day, a date with Palestine presenting an opportunity to restore order to their campaign. read morelast_img read more

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Are You Drinking the Best Beer in America?

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Bell’s Brewery/FacebookEvery year, hundreds of craft beer contests and surveys are held around the world. From homebrewing to international, awards are given out at every level, recognizing the best beers in a given place and time.One of the biggest (and most heavily-weighted) of these beer surveys is put out by Zymurgy magazine, the publication produced by the American Homebrewers Association. Now in its sixteenth year, the annual study asks the 46,000-members in the association to choose their five favorite commercially-available beers. For the second year in a row, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale earned the top spot.Russian River Brewing CompanyThe previous favorite, Russian River Brewings’s Pliny the Elder (which was the winner from 2009 to 2016), came in at No. 2. There are other easily-recognizable names in the top 10, including The Alchemist’s Heady Topper (third) and Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale (tied for fifth). Bell’s also took fourth for Hopslam. Founders Brewing snagged two fifth-place finishes for Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) and Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), a ninth-place finish for Breakfast Stout, and 10th place for All Day IPA, tying with WeldWerks‘ Juicy Bits.“As brewers, the members of American Homebrewers Association can discern the subtle differences between a good beer and an outstanding beer.,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association. “Zymurgy’s Best Beers in America survey showcases which commercial beers are truly the best of the best out there, and all the breweries who made the list should be proud.”Best Beers in AmericaBell’s Brewery/Facebook1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale*2. Russian River Pliny the Elder*3. The Alchemist Heady Topper*4. Bell’s Hopslam*T5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale*T5. Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)T5. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust*9. Founders Breakfast StoutT10. WeldWerks Juicy Bits*T10. Founders All Day IPABest Breweries in AmericaFounder Brewing Co./Facebook1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, Michigan)*2. Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan)3. Russian River Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa, California)*4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California, and Mills River, North Carolina)*5. Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California)*T6. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon)*T6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)*8. Stone Brewing (Escondido, California)*9. The Alchemist (Stowe, Vermont)*10. Three Floyds Brewing Company (Munster, Indiana)*Top-Ranked Beer PortfoliosStone Brewing/FacebookOn the portfolio end of things, anyone who has sipped a craft beer in the last decade should not be surprised by this list.1. Stone Brewing (33 beers)*2. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (29 beers)*T3. New Belgium Brewing (24 beers)*T3. Founders Brewing Co. (24 beers)5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (23 beers)*T6. Avery Brewing Co. (22 beers)T6. Hill Farmstead Brewery (22 beers)*T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (20 beers)*T7. Trillium Brewing Co. (20 beers)*T9. Bell’s Brewery (19 beers)*T9. Deschutes Brewery (19 beers)*T9. Odell Brewing (19 beers)*T9. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (19 beers)*T9. The Bruery (19 beers)*T9. Three Floyds Brewing (19 beers)For more information, the complete list can be found at the American Homebrewers Association website.T indicates tie; *indicates small and independent craft brewers. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beerlast_img read more

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