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AFC Asian Cup 2023 updated knockout stage bracket: Jordan eliminate favourites South Korea

Published at :February 6, 2024 at 11:03 PM
Modified at :February 6, 2024 at 11:03 PM
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Rutvij Joshi

Jordan have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup final for the first time in their history.

In a stunning display of determination and tactical prowess, Jordan emerged victorious against South Korea in the first semifinal of the AFC Asian Cup 2023, securing a historic 2-0 win and earning their maiden qualification for the tournament’s final.

The match held at the Ahmed bin Ali stadium, saw Jordan executing a clear game plan focused on counter-attacks, despite South Korea enjoying the lion’s share of possession.

Despite South Korea dominating possession, controlling over 65% of the ball, they failed to capitalize on their advantage, failing to register a single shot on target throughout the match. In contrast, Jordan made the most of their opportunities, managing to produce seven shots on target with less than 35% possession. Yazan Al-Naimat and Musa Al-Taamari were the heroes for the Jordan side, finding the back of the net and propelling their team to victory.

The triumph marks a significant milestone for Jordan, as they qualify for the AFC Asian Cup final for the first time in their history, solidifying their status as dark horse of the tournament. Now, Jordan eagerly awaits the outcome of the second semifinal between Qatar and Iran to determine their opponent for the final showdown on January 10th.

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 has indeed been a rollercoaster of emotions and Jordan’s triumph over South Korea adds yet another thrilling chapter to the tournament’s narrative. As the semifinal stage unfolds, all eyes are on the upcoming battles that will ultimately determine the finalists. On the other side of the bracket, Qatar and Iran are set to clash in what promises to be an enthralling encounter, further adding to the suspense and excitement of the competition.

The AFC Asian Cup has been a platform for showcasing riveting football battles, with each match contributing to the tapestry of unpredictability and drama in the competition. The journey towards crowning the 2023 AFC Asian Cup champion continues with football enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipating the climax of this captivating tournament.

Beyond the on-field action, the tournament serves as a testament to the skill, determination and passion that Asian football brings to the global stage.

As the semifinals approach, fans brace themselves for more intense moments and unforgettable performances, as teams vie for the opportunity to etch their names in the annals of AFC Asian Cup history. The passion and excellence displayed by the participating teams further elevate the excitement surrounding the beautiful game, underscoring its significance as an unifying force that captivates audiences around the world.

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