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Iraq 2-3 Jordan: Shocking added-time comeback sees Jordanians in the quarter-final

Jordan came back in added time to complete a shocking win against ten-man Iraq in the Khalifa International Stadium to make it to the quarter-finals.

Trailing 2-1 despite initially taking the lead, Jordan secured victory in a thrilling match with stoppage-time goals from Yazan Al Arab and Nizar Al Rashdan.

Iraq went down to 10 players after taking the lead, as Aymen Hussein was sent off following their second goal.

Iraq’s boss Jesus Casas made nine changes to Iraq’s starting 11 from the 3-2 victory against Vietnam on Matchday Three, with 10 players from the team that won 2-1 against Japan returning.

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup champions quickly asserted their dominance, as Ahmed Al Hajjaj narrowly missed connecting with Ali Jasim’s corner in the second minute.

Despite this, Jordan gradually found their rhythm, and in the 11th minute, Al Naimat’s ambitious long-range attempt went over the bar. Meanwhile, Youssef Amyn missed a chance for Iraq from a set-piece situation four minutes later.

The pace of the game intensified as Iraq’s goalkeeper, Jalal Hassan, had to venture outside his area in the 18th minute to thwart Yazan Al Naimat’s effort, with Ali Olwan missing the target on the rebound. The pair continued to pose a threat a minute later, prompting Hassan to make a diving save.

Jordan showcased their danger on the counter-attack, and moments before the half-hour mark, Ali Olwan, guided by an Ehsan Haddad through ball, sliced through the defense. However, his attempt was thwarted by the agile Hassan.

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In the 38th minute, Jordan applied pressure once more as Mousa Tamari skillfully maneuvered his way into the box, eluding three defenders. Despite Hassan stopping them, their continuous efforts eventually yielded results in the dying moments of the first half.

Al Naimat seized on a poorly executed back pass from Ahmed Al Hajjaj, effortlessly navigating through the Jordan defense. He concluded the move with a sublime finish, leaving Hassan helpless in the process.

Iraq quickly took command as the second half commenced, nearly breaking through in the 56th minute. Hussein Ali Haidar tested Jordan’s goalkeeper, Yazeed Abulaila, who later denied Ali Jasim’s attempt from inside the box.

A momentary lapse in concentration provided Iraq with the chance to equalize in the 68th minute. Suad Natiq rose highest to head home Jassim’s corner, leveling the score.

Jordan found themselves trailing in the 76th minute when Hussein seized on a poorly cleared ball from inside the six-yard box. He skillfully drilled his shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Hussein’s celebration turned sour as he received his marching orders, getting a second yellow card in the aftermath of the goal.

Despite being a man down, Jordan demonstrated resilience and managed to equalize in the sixth minute of added time. Al Arab found the net with a rebound after Hassan saved Tamari’s initial attempt.

Not content with just leveling the score, Jordan continued their relentless pursuit, and in the seventh minute of added time, Al Rashdan secured the winning goal with a beautiful effort from just outside the area. With this victory, Jordan advanced to the quarter-finals, leaving Iraq heartbroken.

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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