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Jordan 2-2 South Korea: Chivalrous Ones blindside the mighty Korea

An injury-time own goal by Yazan Al Arab resulted in a 2-2 draw for Korea Republic against Jordan in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ on Saturday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s South Korea managed to secure a point in their Group E encounter at Al Thumama Stadium, with Al Arab leveling the scores and negating Yazan Al Naimat’s goal in the first-half injury time.

Al Naimat’s goal initially seemed to secure a victory for Jordan and a spot in the last 16 under Lhoussanine Ammouta’s management. However, both teams now hold four points after their first two group matches.

The Taeguk Warriors faced challenges in capitalizing on a strong beginning that witnessed early threats from Lee Kang-in, and Son successfully converted a penalty in the ninth minute following a foul by Ehsan Haddad. After a VAR check, Qatari referee Salman Falahi awarded the penalty, and Son delicately chipped the ball over the line, capitalizing on Yazeed Abulaila’s commitment to the left.

In the 20th minute, the Koreans launched an attack, and Son had a second goal opportunity in a sequence that switched play from one side of the pitch to the other. Lee Ki-je’s cross-field pass from the left was collected by Lee Kang-in, who located Lee Jae-sung in open space on the opposite side of the penalty area. Son’s attempt at a fine team goal was thwarted as his shot was deflected wide.

Jordan vs Korea: An own goal became Jordan’s undoing

Mousa Al Tamari posed a threat for Jo Hyeon-woo on the opposing end, unleashing a left-foot strike that forced the Ulsan Hyundai goalkeeper to palm the ball over the crossbar. Shortly after, Jo Hyeon-woo made another acrobatic save, deflecting Mahmoud Al Mardi’s free-kick attempt.

Eight minutes before halftime, Jordan’s increasing pressure paid off as they secured the equalizer. Park Yong-woo unintentionally headed Al Mardi’s corner into his own goal with Al Arab positioned behind him at the back post. In the closing moments of injury time, the West Asians scored again when Al Tamari’s shot, blocked by Jung Seung-hyun, was followed up by Al Naimat with a scruffy strike from the edge of the area that bounced to the right of Jo and found the bottom corner.

Son faced blocked shots, and Hwang In-beom’s attempt went wide before Abulaila safely parried Lee Kang-in’s strike from outside the area as the Koreans sought to level the score. However, there was a threat at the other end, with Nizar Al Rashdan testing Jo 18 minutes from time, serving as a reminder of Jordan’s counterattack capabilities.

Abulaila managed to save Oh Hyeon-gyu’s effort, but he couldn’t prevent Al Arab from redirecting Hwang In-beom’s shot from 20 yards into his own net during the first of 11 minutes of injury time. Ultimately, both teams had to settle for a point. Korea Republic will face Malaysia on Thursday, while Jordan will meet Bahrain.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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