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Jordan play Iraq today

By Aline Bannayan - Nov 13,2012 - Last updated at Nov 13,2012

AMMAN — Football fans eagerly await Jordan’s match against Iraq today at 4:00pm in their Leg 2, Round 4 Group B 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in Doha.

A win will keep alive the dreams of Jordanian fans and players to possibly reach the World Cup qualifiers with another three matches to go. Lying fourth in the group, Jordan has to beat Iraq in order to keep their qualifying chances alive.

After drawing 1-1 with Iraq and losing 6-0 to Japan in the first two matches, Jordan rebounded and jumped to second in Group B after a historic 2-1 win over Australia. However, they slumped back to fourth after their 2-1 defeat to Oman.

Japan still lead the group with 10 points. Australia, who beat Iraq 2-1, are now second and tied on points with Oman, who so far held Iraq 1-1, Australia 0-0 and lost to Japan 3-0.

This week, Jordan lost 3-0 to Bahrain in a friendly as head coach Adnan Hamad tried to finalise his line-up ahead of the key match against Iraq which is a must win for Jordan.

Jordan beat Iraq 2-0 and lost 3-1 in Round 3 of the qualifiers.

The match against Iraq will see only Anas Bani Yasin suspended while Jordan had four key players missing in the Oman match.

In the Bahrain friendly pro players Shadi Abu Hashhash, Hamzeh Dardour, Ahmad Hayel, Uday Saifi, Thaer Bwwab and Amer Theeb were not released by their respective clubs and only Hasan Abdul Fattah joined the squad.

Veteran Amer Theeb underlined his teammates’ resolve.

“We cannot underestimate the Iraqi team. We must win to qualify. That’s what we are all focused on,” he was quoted as saying by the Jordan Media Federation accompanying the squad.

Following the Iraq match, Jordan resumes return leg matches by hosting Japan on March 26, 2013, Australia on June 11, 2013 and Oman on June 18, 2013. Meanwhile, the squad will also play the 7th West Asian Championship in December.

The Jordanian team reached the final qualifying Round 4 for the first time since taking part in the qualifiers back in 1985. The squad joined the continent’s top 10 qualifying teams in two round-robin, home-and-away groups of five teams each with matches ending June 18, 2013.

South Korea lead Group A with 10 points despite losing to Iran 1-0. Uzbekistan are third, Lebanon fourth and Qatar last. The two group winners and two group runners-up qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The third-placed teams from each group advance to Round 5.

Jordan dropped 12 spots to 90th in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the lowest in 2012.

Standings

Group B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

PTS

Japan

4

3

1

0

11

1

10

Australia

4

1

2

1

4

4

5

Oman

4

1

2

1

3

5

5

Jordan

4

1

1

2

4

10

4

Iraq

4

0

2

2

3

5

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

PTS

S. Korea

4

2

1

1

9

4

7

Iran

4

2

1

1

2

1

7

Uzbakistan

4

1

2

1

4

4

5

Lebanon

4

1

1

2

2

5

4

Qatar

4

1

1

2

2

5

4

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