DOHA, (Agencies) - Syria is quickly becoming the darling of the Asian Cup, and the team can add to that status with a victory over Japan today (Thursday). Not much was expected of the 110th-ranked Syrians coming into the 16-team tournament, but then they stunned Saudi Arabia 2-1-its first victory over the Saudis-and now expectations are growing. Another win in Group B would send Syria into the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time in its history. But coach Tita Valeriu called on his players not to be distracted by the win over Saudi Arabia and focus on Japan, which needs a win after a disappointing draw with Jordan. Midfielder Abdukarazak al-Hussein, who scored twice against the Saudis, said he expected a tougher match against the Japanese but that the Saudi victory had given the players a sense that now anything was possible. Syria has never beaten Japan. But Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni admits he will not be taking anything for granted.)