Meram, Iraq triumph over Jordan in Asian Cup opener

Crew SC midfielder Justin Meram and Iraq kickstarted their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Jordan early Monday morning in Brisbane, Aurstralia. The winger subbed-on for the Lions of Mesopotamia at the 57-minute mark to help the Iraqi attack as Swindon Town midfielder Yaser Kasim would find the winner 22 minutes later. 

Iraq sits in second place in Group D with three points, behind Japan on goal differential. The Lions of Mesopotamia square-off with the Samurai Blue Friday at 4:00 a.m. ET in Brisbane.