Jordan has shocked the world by making it to the Asia Cup final. It’s like Albania reaching the final of the Euro. The team’s number 10, Moussa Al Taamari, and number 11, Al Naimat, played exceptionally well in the match. Al Taamari, also known as the ‘Messi Jordanian’, is the only player on the team who plays in Europe, for French club Montpellier. He dominated the Korean defense and was supported by the loud and passionate Jordanian fans at the match in Doha, where they outnumbered the Korean fans.
The rest of the Jordanian players either play in their own league or in leagues in Qatar or Saudi Arabia, making their achievement even more impressive. Although the goals came in the second half, Jordan had more shots on goal in the first half. They also had a penalty annulled by VAR and hit the post, showing their dominance in the game.
This is a historic moment for Jordan in Asian football, as their previous best performance in the Asia Cup was reaching the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2011. They also came close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, falling in the playoffs against Uruguay. Al Taamari and Al Naimat were the stars of the match, but the entire team’s defense also played a crucial role in shutting down the Korean attack.
After taking a 2-0 lead, Jordan’s defense held strong against the desperate Korean team, led by legendary German coach Jürgen Klinsmann. This victory marks a significant moment for Jordan in the Asian football context, as Korea has not won the Asian title since 1960. This achievement is a testament to the growing strength and competitiveness of football in Asia.
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