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Jordan thrash Pakistan in second FIFA qualifier

Two top teams from group will advance to third round of FIFA qualifiers, while remaining two sides will complete in Asian Cup 2027 Qualifiers

By Web Desk
March 27, 2024
A glimpse of a match between Pakistan and Jordan in at the Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan. — Facebook/PFF
A glimpse of a match between Pakistan and Jordan in at the Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan. — Facebook/PFF

Pakistan were thrashed by Jordan in their FIFA World Cup 2026 Round 2 Qualifier away fixture against the Middle Eastern side at the Amman International Stadium on Wednesday.

The match was part of the fourth round of Group Seven competitions in the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

In the remarkable match, Jordan's Musa Al-Taamari scored hat-trick by netting the first, fourth, and sixth goals. Yazan Al-Naimat contributed the second goal through a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Saad Al-Rousan followed suit, securing the third goal for the team in the 52nd minute.

Adding to the scoreline, Ali Alwan found the back of the net in the 75th minute, followed by Muhammad Abu Zureiq, who wrapped up the scoring with the seventh goal in the 83rd minute.

This remarkable victory has lifted Jordan to the second place in Group Seven of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, as the team amassed a total of seven points. 

Last Thursday, Jordan beat Pakistan 3-0 at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad during the first qualifying match between the two sides, marking Jordan's first visit to Pakistan for a football match in 18 years.

Danish defenders Mohammad Fazal and Abdullah Iqbal did not play the game. Fazal was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Meantime, defender Abdullah Iqbal was suspended for the crucial game following accumulated yellow cards from recent matches, as announced earlier by the PFF.

Iqbal was issued the first yellow card during the initial round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers match against Cambodia in Islamabad on October 17, 2023. He was shown his yellow card during a home match against Jordan in the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on March 21, 2024, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) said.

Pakistan's journey in the qualifiers showcased a mix of victories and defeats. Pakistan clinched a 1-0 victory against Cambodia last October, marking their first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifier win in Islamabad. However, their momentum faltered with a 4-0 loss to Saudi Arabia in the subsequent round.

“The national team arrived in Amman through a private airline flight via Doha,” the PFF said in a statement.

Looking ahead, two teams from the group will advance to the third round, while the remaining two sides will contend in the Asian Cup 2027 Qualifiers.

Expressing his sentiments after previous win, Pakistan's English coach Stephen Constantine expressed satisfaction in his team's ability to limit Jordan to three goals during their encounter in Islamabad.

Squads

Pakistan: Yousuf Butt, Saqib Hanif, Abdul Basit, Hassan Ali, Easah Suliman, Abdullah Iqbal, Mamoon Musa, Haseeb Khan, Mohammad Saddam, Mohammad Sohail, Rao Omar, Mohammad Fazal, Mohammad Adeel, Rahis Nabi, Harun Hamid, Alamgir Ghazi, Rajab Ali, Ali Uzair, Shayek Dost, Abdul Samad, FareedUllah, Waleed Khan, Imran Kayani, Adeel Younis.

Jordan: Yazid Abu Laila, Ahmed Al-Jaidi, Abdullah Al-Fakhouri, Yazan Al-Arab, Baraa Marhi, Anas Bani Yassin, Saad Al-Rousan, Ihsan Haddad, Firas Shalbaya, Salem Al-Ajalin, Mahmoud Shawkat, Nizar Al-Rashdan, Ibrahim Saada, Nour Al-Rawabdeh, Rajai Ayed, Youssef Abu Jalbush, Saleh Ratib, Mahmoud Mardi, Muhammad Abu Rizk, Ali Alwan, Muhammad Abu Zureiq “Sharara”, Musa Al-Taamari, and Yazan Al-Naimat.