Jordan, which had troubled Korea in the group league, has made history by advancing to the semifinals for the first time at the Asian Cup. Tajikistan’s own goal, which was the driving force behind this year’s event, managed to win the match, but we have to admit its tenacious defense. However, two of the three players, Salem al-Azalin, who plays on the left side of the three backs, and Ali Olwan, an essential offensive midfielder, were given unnecessary warnings, and thus could not play in the semifinal game.꽁머니환전
Jordan’s men’s soccer team, led by head coach Hussein Amuta (Morocco), enjoyed the excitement of advancing to the semifinals for the first time by defeating the sensational Tajikistan 1-0 in the first game of the 2023 AFC (Asian Football Federation) Asian Cup quarter-final tournament at 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd (Friday) at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayan, Qatar.
Al-Azalin-Ali Olwan Accumulated Punishment of Warnings
Jordan, which won an incredible Pele score in the 7th minute of the second half of the round of 16 game against Iraq, silenced Tajikistan’s sensation on the way to the semifinals. He made a dizzying mistake while defending, but he was able to keep the last bastion thanks to the tightly lined cover play with a 3-4-2-1 formation.
The two teams, which finished the first half scoreless, pushed up the line to make a more aggressive decision in the second half, leading to the opponent’s team’s mistake. At the 54th minute, Jordan’s defense made an absurd mistake. Salem al-Azalin, who usually plays on the left side of the three-back team, made a dizzying touch mistake and lost the ball to Tajikistan’s right wing Mabachoev. Since it was a point that threatened Jordanian goalkeeper Aburaila, it was thought that it was a goal. However, as Mabachoev missed the timing of the shot, Jordanian center back Yazan al-Arab could barely cover it.
Twelve minutes later, Jordan had a lucky goal. Abdallah Nasib attempted to score a header from Mahmoud Al Mardi’s right corner kick, but it shook his head and went straight to the right corner of the goal after being hit by Tajikistan defender Bachdot Hanonov’s chest.
Jordan also had a decisive opportunity to score an additional goal in the 71st minute, but Moussa Al-Tamari, who received a ball pushed by Yazan Al-Naimat, fired a left-footed shot over the crossbar. They couldn’t smile broadly even after winning because two members were given unnecessary warnings rather than failing to score an additional goal.
Salem al-Azalin, who made a dizzying defensive mistake in the 54th minute, was warned in the 68th minute, and Ali Olwan, who is active as a left attacking midfielder, was warned of a time delay in the 83rd minute because he touched the declared throw-in ball outside the side row. The two players were unable to make it to the important semifinal game against the “Korea vs Australia” winning team because they had a record of receiving yellow cards side by side in the third Group E game against Bahrain.
Salem Al-Azalin plays in the left of the three backs, but he is a multi-play player who boldly overlaps to the side, and Ali Olwan is an indispensable player in linking Jordan’s counterattack, so Hussein Amuta’s expression was distorted the moment he was warned.
Jordan, which was the first to reach the semifinals, will meet South Korea at the same venue at 12 p.m. on the 6th (Tue) in our time.