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Syria bring Sri Lanka down to earth with a thud

sports Updated: Aug 24, 2009 23:07 IST
Abhishek Hore

They didn't go all out but still managed a win in their opening match against Kyrgyzstan.

On Monday, Syria showed why they are rated as the favourites for the ONGC 14th Nehru Cup with a 4-0 demolition of Sri Lanka at the Ambedkar Stadium.

It was Mohammad Alzino, who started the rout heading in a Wael Ayan cross midway through the first half.

Both Syria and Sri Lanka were slow to start with, but once they broke the deadlock, the west Asian nation upped the tempo.

Just when it seemed that the islanders were getting their rhythm, came Abdalrazak Al Housian's strike.

His 33rd minute header off Alaa Alshbli's cross put the Syrians firmly in the driver's seat.

The show they put up against Lebanon was fresh in everyone's mind and perhaps that's why a Sri Lanka comeback wasn't immediately ruled out. But Abdul Fatah Alaga's strike a few minutes from break put the match beyond Lanka's grasp. This time Wael Ayan's had been provider.

Up 3-0 the Syrians still didn't let up. While Fajer Ibrahim's team improved from it's showing in the last match, Sri Lanka never looked like the team it was against Lebanon.

When it seemed like Syria would be content with a 3-0 scoreline, Alaga struck again, perfectly meeting Alzino's prompt to disturb the scorers one last time.

On Tuesday, Lebanon, stunned by Lanka on Saturday, would look to put it past strugglers Kyrgyzstan and brighten their chances of a final berth.

Scores: Syria 4 (Alzino 26th, Al Housian 33rd, Alaga 37th, 55th) ; Sri Lanka 0.