Saudi Arabia eliminated from Asian Cup

Jordan's player Hasan Abdel Fattah, bottom, fights for the ball with Saudi Arabia's player Mohammed Al Shalhoub during their AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match at Al Rayyan Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Jordan's player Hasan Abdel Fattah, bottom, fights for the ball with Saudi Arabia's player Mohammed Al Shalhoub during their AFC Asian Cup group B soccer match at Al Rayyan Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.

Three-time champion Saudi Arabia was eliminated from the Asian Cup in the first round with a 1-0 loss to Jordan on Thursday.

The Saudis fired coach Jose Peseiro following an opening 2-1 loss to Syria last weekend, bringing in Nasser al-Johar for his fifth stint in charge.

Despite dominant first half, Saudi Arabia fell behind in the 42nd minute when goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah allowed Baha' Abdelrahman's cross to float over his head and into the corner of the net.

Jordan (1-0-1) leads Group B with four points, followed by Syria (1-0) with three and Japan (0-0-1) with one heading into their meeting later Thursday. Saudi Arabia (0-2) is last.