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Jordan pulls greatest win ever, Japan must wait
March 26th, 2013 7:06PM

TAGS:  world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING: Asia] Japan blew a chance to become the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when it lost to Jordan, 2-1, in Amman on Tuesday. The Japanese, who had beaten the Jordanians, 6-0, at home in June, only needed a draw to clinch after Australia and Oman tied, 2-2, earlier in the day in Sydney. The Japanese came back from 2-0 down and looked set to equalize but Yasuhito Endo missed a penalty kick in the 70th minute.

Japan is still in the driver's seat in Group B with 13 points after six games. Jordan, which has never played in the World Cup, is second with seven. Australia (with a game in hand) and Oman are tied for third with six.

The Japanese dominated play in Amman and almost took the lead after a quarter of an hour but Ryoichi Maeda hit the crossbar.

Jordan went ahead, 2-0, after an hour at the King Abdullah Stadium on goals by Khalil Bani Ateyah and Ahmad Ibrahim before Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa pulled one back for Japan.

After goalkeeper Amer Sabbah stopped Endo's penalty kick, the Jordanians held on for their biggest win ever and collapsed to the ground in joy and disbelief.

Group A Standings:
11 Uzbekistan 3-2-1 6/4
10 *South Korea 3-1-1 11/5
7 *Iran 2-1-2 2/2
7 Qatar 2-1-3 4/7
4 Lebanon 1-1-4 2/7

Group A Standings:
13 Japan 4-1-1 14/4
7 Jordan 2-1-3 6/12
6 *Australia  1-3-1 6/6
6 Oman 1-3-2 6/9
5 *Iraq 1-2-2 4/5
*Game in hand.

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