Jordan and Egypt yesterday sealed their berths in the Women's Football Cup Arabia 2010 semi-finals with respective victories over Lebanon and Iraq at Al Ahli Club Stadium in Mahooz.
Playing their second matches in Group 'B', tournament's number one Jordan stretched their unbeaten run defeating Lebanon 3-1 while Egypt trounced Iraq 15-0 for their second successive wins.
Stefani Mazen scored twice in Jordan's victory over Lebanon with Maysa Jubara being the other player on target for the winners.
Sara Bakri hit the only goal for Lebanon who crashed out of the competition after they were handed their second consecutive defeat, having lost to Egypt 1-5 in the opener.
Both Jordan and Egypt now share the lead in this four-team group with six points each from two matches.
Jordan and Egypt will face off tomorrow in the top-of-the-table clash to determine the team winning first place in the group.
In yesterday's highlights, the Lebanese put up a brave show last night and showed solid defence to deny a string of attacks by the Jordanians who entered the tournament as favourites.
However, the Jordanians did prevail six minutes before half-time when Maysa Jubara ended a solo effort with a well-placed shot into the back of the net.
Jordan maintained their momentum early in the second-half and they doubled their lead in the 52nd minute thanks to a neat finish by Stefani Mazen who broke through Lebanon's defence.
Lebanon, however, did not lose hope and continued to fight. They eventually pulled a goal back in the 67th minute through Bakri, who stepped up for a 40-yard free-kick which went into the top corner of the Jordan goal.
Jordan regained their lead just two minutes after the equaliser. Again it was Mazen who capitalised with her second goal in the game, taking advantage of some defensive lapse by the Lebanese to fire her team's third goal.
Action continues today with hosts Bahrain and highly-favoured Palestine clashing to decide the Group 'A' leaders.
The event is being organised by the German Embassy and the General Organisation for Youth and Sports. It acts as a build-up to next year's Fifa Women's World Cup, to be held in Germany.
By Rami Hulayyel : Gulf Daily News