By Amjad Baker
Jordan national soccer team eliminated Lebanon with a scoreless tie and advanced all the way to the semis of King Hussein Cup, WAFF Championship, Saturday at King Abdullah Stadium in Amman.
With this draw, the Jordanian team added one more point to their score-sheet, to finish second of the group with two points behind Iraq who led the group with 7 points.
The match was a critical one for both opponents, as losing the battle will eliminate the team from the championship.
Ten minutes of poor performance overshadowed the match, as both sides tried to probe the others’ tactics. Thereafter, slight improvement was noticed on the Jordanian’s midfielders who assisted their striker Badran Al-Shaqran and the forward line with good balls.
Haitham Shboul delivered two bullets in the 12 and 13th minutes, one aimed directly at the post but was saved by the goalkeeper Ali Fakeeh and the second was blocked by one of the defenders before it reached Shaqran.
In less than a minute, Shaqran tested the Lebanese keeper again with a 20-meter rocket shot. But Fakeeh saved his net by fisting the ball into the corner side.
However, in the second half both coaches tried to energize their forward lines by substituting one of the midfielders by an attacker.
The gusts, who depended in the first half on breakaways to generate attacks, appeared more offensive in the second period.
But the scenario of scoreless attacks lasted for the last whistle, a result not at all pleasing for the Lebanese who said goodbye to the championship – Albawaba.com
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