After a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Iraq, with two goals scored in the dying seconds, Jordan advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. In the 95th minute, Yazan al-Arab of Jordan tied the score, despite being down in the match’s final minutes. Saddeningly for Iraq, the victory was sealed shortly after by Nizar al-Rashdan with a magnificent long-range goal. Aymen Hussein, Iraq’s top scorer, was sent off for his celebratory antics late in the game, which significantly altered the course of affairs.
With this win, Jordan will face Tajikistan, a team that is competing in the event for the first time, in the quarterfinals. Hussein Ammouta, coach of the Jordanian national team, said after the game about his team’s tenacity and resolve, praising their strong attitude and the tactical advantage they obtained by taking advantage of Iraq’s subpar lineup in the last seconds. He stressed the need of keeping this attitude in order to keep winning the competition.
Jordan Triumphs Over Iraq Amid Controversial Celebrations
- Jordan celebrated in a manner that had never been seen before when he succeeded in scoring a goal by taking advantage of a defensive mistake.
- The sixth goal of Hussein’s career was scored, and Iraq’s Saad Natiq scored an instant answer with a header.
- The second yellow card that Hussein received caused a commotion, and as a result, Iraq found itself in a precarious position.
- The head coach of Iraq, Jesus Casas, expressed his disappointment and expressed his uncertainty over the official’s decision.
- In order to capitalise on their numerical advantage, Jordan was able to score thanks to Mousa Tamari’s late and unsuccessful effort.
- In the aftermath of the match, Iraqi media expressed their discontent, which prompted the government and security personnel to intervene.
- Despite all that was going on, Casas managed to keep his composure and focus on his goal of competing in the World Cup in 2026.
- The victory that Qatar achieved against Palestine by a score of 2-1 puts them in a position to advance to the quarterfinals.
Qatar vs. Palestine: Unexpected Turn of Events
Qatar was humiliated by a relentless Palestine team in the first half of the match, which was played in front of a magnificent home crowd of over 64,000 people. This occurred despite the fact that Qatar was the strong favourite to win. Oday Dabbagh was ultimately rewarded for Palestine’s relentless chase of the ball in the 37th minute. After picking up the ball from Qatar, he went on a stunning solo run and scored a beautiful goal that was able to overcome Meshaal Barsham, who was the custodian for Qatar. This was the first time that Palestine had ever competed in the knockout stages of the event, and Dabbagh scored his third goal of the competition.
Nevertheless, the Qatari team made a great comeback. After taking a low cross from Afif and dribbling the ball past Rami Hamadeh and the defenders, Al-Haydos, the captain of his team, levelled the score shortly before the halfway break. As the second half continued, Qatar gained momentum and finally seized the lead over the other side. After Almoez Ali was pulled down inside the penalty area, Afif scored his fourth goal in as many matches from a penalty kick. This was his fourth goal in as many matches. Qatar was able to keep their leadership position and go on to the quarterfinals, where they will face either Uzbekistan or Thailand. Palestine made a number of efforts to return, but they were unable to accomplish their goal.