Jordan, Uzbekistan draw ahead of second leg World Cup playoff

Uzbekistan's Sanjar Tursunov (L) fights for the ball with Jordan's Odai Zahran (C) and Mohammad Al Dmeiri during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at King Abdullah stadium in Amman September 6, 2013. (Reuters)

Jordan and Uzbekistan drew 1-1 on Friday in the first leg of their World Cup Asia zone qualifying playoff.

The teams played in Amman on what was described by commentators as a “terrible pitch,” resulting in a “scrappy” game, according to Reuters news agency.

Jordan, managed by Egypt's all-time leading scorer Hossam Hassan, scored first in the 30th minute as midfielder Musab al-Laham neatly slotted home, despite the Uzbeks initially having a bright start to the game.

They then grabbed a vital away goal five minutes later when their captain Server Djeparov exchanged passes with Jasur Khasanov before firing home a low left-foot drive from inside the area.

The second leg will take place in Tuesday in Tashkent, where the winner will advance to take on the fifth-placed South American side in the intercontinental playoff for a berth in Brazil.

(With Reuters)


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