Jordan beats Japan to qualify for World Cup

By REUTERS
March 26, 2013 18:58

 
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Japan wasted a second half penalty as they blew the chance to become the first team to qualify for the World Cup finals when they were humbled 2-1 by Jordan in a pulsating clash in Amman on Tuesday.

The Japanese dominated possession and created numerous chances but the West Asians secured a memorable win thanks to some resolute defending and efficient finishing against a side who had thrashed them 6-0 at home in June.

It was Jordan's first win over Japan and put them firmly in contention to qualify for a debut World Cup after a game which was supposed to see the Asian champions celebrate another finals appearance.

While the result only delays an almost inevitable 2014 finals berth for Japan, the display highlighted Alberto Zaccheroni's need for a prolific striker able to take his chances in tough spots, while holes were again apparent in a rarely tested defense.

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