Jordan, Uzbekistan draw ahead of second leg World Cup playoff

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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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