“I lost, but I fought well.”
Jordan (ranked 87th in the FIFA rankings) had to settle for second place after losing 1-3 to Qatar (58th) in the final of the Asian Cup (AFC) Asian Cup at Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 12 p.m. on the 10th (Korea time). Akram Afif scored three goals on penalties alone.
Jordan, who stayed in Group E with South Korea, advanced to the knockout stage as a wild card for the third-ranked team in the group. The team scored two goals right before the match against Iraq (63rd), which it met in the round of 16, to secure a 3-2 “dramatic” victory. In the quarterfinals, the team maintained a one-goal lead over Tajikistan (106th). The team focused on its semifinal match against South Korea (23rd), the “candidate for the championship.” With rapid counterattacks, the team garnered a 2-0 win to boost momentum.
The final match was like a home stadium in Qatar. As the host country advanced to the final, there was strong support for Qatar. Jordan was also second to none. He added strength to the squad with his signature cheering sound.
He pushed back after the first half of the search. Jordan’s first shot came in the 15th minute of the first half. Nur Allawabde caught a long ball from the back of the half line on the left side. He handed it to Yazan Alnaimat, who was at the penalty box line, and aimed for the goal with a non-rotating shot, but goalkeeper Meshal Barsham punched it.
However, he gave up the first goal. In the 19th minute of the first half, Qatari Afif received a penetration pass and entered the box, but Nasib committed a foul while blocking him. The penalty kick was declared, allowing Afif to score the first goal. 업소알바
He didn’t back down and scored the equalizer. Yazan Alnaimat caught a cross from the right side in the 22nd minute of the second half and hit a shot, sending a cheerful wave into the net. Joy does not last long. He collapsed in the 26th minute of the second half and in the extra time of the second half when he gave Afif a hat trick for a penalty kick.
Jordan dominated Qatar in ball possession (58%-42%), number of shots (16-8), and pass accuracy (71%-61%) but there was nothing to do about the bad luck of the penalty kick.
Coach Hussein Amota sat on the bench and bowed his head “deeply” when the third penalty goal was scored. Jordanians sat on the ground when the whistle blew at the end of the game. Some players shed tears of regret.
Nevertheless, Jordan has already made history. He became the first runner-up in the fifth Asian Cup finals and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2011, when he achieved the previous best record. After the ceremony, Jordanian fans gave enthusiastic applause to his players.
Jordan coach Hussein Amota, who said, “I have a great desire for a historic championship,” promised to do the following while writing a new history, although he did not cross the wall of Qatar.