Qatar: Jordan’s national football team continues to defy expectations at the AFC Asian Cup, securing a historic place in the semi-finals with a thrilling victory over Tajikistan. After their surprising 3-2 win over Iraq in the Round of 16, Jordan displayed resilience and determination once again to defeat their Central Asian opponents 1-0 at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
In a hard-fought match that saw both teams locked in a stalemate for 65 minutes, Jordan turned on the pressure, ultimately leading to Tajikistan conceding an own goal. Vahdat Hanonov inadvertently deflected Ehsan Haddad’s header into his net, securing Jordan’s place in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finals for the first time in history.
The Player of the Match, Al Arab, expressed the team’s joy at reaching this historic milestone. “We are thrilled to have reached this historic moment by qualifying for the next stage. This achievement is a result of our hard work, dedication, and adherence to the head coach’s instructions. We are grateful to our fans for their support, and tonight, we celebrate our victory over Tajikistan.”
The win not only gives Jordan a confidence boost for their upcoming semi-final against two-time AFC Asian Cup winners Korea Republic but also instills belief that they can go all the way to the final.
“Tomorrow marks the beginning of our preparations to reach the final. The royal family has been our biggest supporters, and we will continue to fight until the final minute, always ready to make our fans happy,” stated Al Arab.
Acknowledging the role of the head coach in the team’s success, he added, “The head coach played a crucial role in calming the players down, developing the right mentality, and helping us forget the previous match (against Iraq) to focus on upcoming challenges.“
As Jordan enters the semi-finals for the first time, Al Arab emphasized the need for concentration. “It’s the first time we’ve reached this stage, being among the top four teams, and we need to put the Tajikistan win behind us and focus on the task at hand.”
Jordan’s unexpected journey in the AFC Asian Cup continues to captivate fans, and the team remains determined to make history in the upcoming semi-final clash against the Korea Republic.