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Jordan advances to Asian Cup semifinals with narrow 1-0 victory over Tajikistan

Posted : 02 February 2024

In a tightly contested quarterfinal, Jordan secured a 1-0 victory over Tajikistan, earning a spot in the Asian Cup semifinals. The decisive moment came in the second half when a deflected own goal proved to be just enough for Jordan to advance. This victory marks a historic achievement for Jordan, as they reach the semifinals for the first time under the guidance of their Moroccan coach, Hussein Ammouta.


The match was a challenging encounter for charismatic Croatian coach Petar Segrt and his Tajikistan team, who had been the lowest-ranked side left in the tournament. Despite their impressive journey in the Asian Cup, they fell short against Jordan.


Tajikistan's midfielder Ehson Panjshanbe had an early chance, narrowly missing the target with a first-time effort. VAR was consulted when a potential penalty situation arose, but the decision favored Jordan.


Jordan, having stunned Iraq 3-2 in the previous round with two stoppage-time goals, made a promising start. However, Tajikistan, fatigued from their penalty shootout victory over the UAE in the round of 16, showed resilience.


The breakthrough for Jordan came in the 66th minute when Abdallah Nasib's header deflected off Tajikistan's Vahdat Hanonov, resulting in an own goal that ultimately secured Jordan's place in the semifinals.


While both teams had chances, Jordan managed to hold on to their slim lead. The victory sets up a semifinal clash for Jordan against the winner of the South Korea vs. Australia match. The Asian Cup continues to unfold, with Saturday's quarterfinals featuring defending champions Qatar against Uzbekistan and pre-tournament favorites Japan facing Iran.



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