Syria beat Malaysia to keep pace

Malaysia suffered a 2-0 defeat to Syria in qualifying for the 2012 Men's Olympic Football Tournament today.

Two second-half goals took Syria level on points with Group C leaders Japan in the Asian football qualifying for next year's Olympics, as Malaysia and Bahrain stayed rooted at the bottom, both yet to score a goal.

Solaiman Solaiman's 52nd-minute goal looked to be the clincher in the tie at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, before substitute Nassouh Nakkdahli made sure for Syria with a second goal in the 88th minute.