Lions

Lions

In regional football action, 

Our Singapore Lions were hammered 4-0 by Jordan in last night's 2015 Asian Cup qualifier. 

Playing in Amman, the Jordanians took the lead in the 18th minute. 

And just after the break, the Republic conceded 3 goals within 24 minutes. 

With the win, Jordan are top of Group A along with Oman, who were 1-0 winners in last night's match against Syria. 


Singapore's next qualifier is a home clash against Oman in August. 

Meanwhile, 

Thailand were on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat to Kuwait. 

The win in Bangkok allowed the Kuwaitis to join Iran at the top of Group B. 

The Iranians opened their campaign by thrashing Lebanon 5-0. 

Over in Group C, 

Saudi Arabia beat China 2-1 while Indonesia lost 1-0 to Iraq. 

Onto Group D and Malaysia were beaten 2-0 in Qatar, while Bahrain defeated Yemen 2-0. 

And finally in Group E, 

The United Arab Emirates were 2-1 winners over Vietnam in Hanoi. 

With the win, the UAE are top of the group while powerhouse Uzbekistan, were held to a surprising goal-less draw at home by Hong Kong.

Still on football, 

Germany came from behind to beat France 2-1 in a friendly match this morning. 

Trailing 1-nil at halftime in Paris,Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedirascored to give the Germans their 1st win over the French since reunification. 

The last time France had lost to a German team was back in 1987, when Rudi Voeller scored twice in a 2-1 West Germany victory. 

Meanwhile, 

England defeated Brazil 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. 

It was a match which saw Ashley Cole win his 100th England cap and the home team's goalkeeper Joe Hart saving an early penalty from the recalled striker, Ronaldinho. 

Wayne Rooney did put the 3 Lions in front with a long-range strike in the 27th minute. 

But an error from Gary Cahill 3 minutes after the break, allowed half-time substitute Fred to equalise for Brazil. 

Frank Lampard however gave England the win with a smartly taken goal on the hour mark. 

It was England's 1st win over the Samba Kings in 23 years. 

And the friendly match was played to mark the start of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. 

In other selected results, 

Wales beat Austria 2-1, 

The Republic of Ireland were 2-0 winners over Poland, 

Turkey lost 2-0 at home to the Czech Republic, 

And Gordon Strachan's reign as Scotland manager got off to a winning start with Charlie Mulgrew's first-half goal enough to seal a 1-0 victory against Estonia. 


Switching to local sports news, 

And our Team Singapore athletes returned home yesterday from the week-long Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. 

The 20-strong Singapore team comprised 5 short track-speed skaters and 15 floor hockey players. 

And they came home with 8 medals including 4 Gold.