Jordan end Tajikistan's dream Asian Cup run to reach semifinals

Jordan edged Asian Cup debutants Tajikistan 1-0 to move into the semifinals of the tournament for the first time thanks to a second-half own goal at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar on Friday.

The two teams had drawn a World Cup qualifier in November but it was Jordan who came out on top when Vahdat Hanonov put the ball into his own net from a set piece, ending Tajikistan's dream run in Qatar.

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While Jordan's elated players celebrated in front of their fans, waving their country's flag in the air, members of the Tajikistan squad were inconsolable.

Nevertheless, Tajikistan supporters who had flown in for the game gave their country's heroes -- who had surpassed all pre-tournament expectations -- a standing ovation.

"I think we gave everything and I must compliment Jordan. You deserve to win, you played a very good game," Tajikistan coach Petar Segrt told beIN Sports.

Jordan's players, including Yazan Al-Naimat, were elated after the final whistle confirmed their progress to the semifinals.
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"Sometimes you need luck, we didn't have it today. But we must also respect that Jordan played a very good game. So congratulations to Jordan."

In a goalless opening half, Ehson Panjshanbe came closest to scoring for Tajikistan when his effort hit the bar while Jordan forward Yazan Al-Naimat failed to convert two difficult chances to break the deadlock.

Tajikistan also suffered a setback when striker Shahrom Samiev lasted 27 minutes before he was forced to come off in tears due to a hamstring injury.

Jordan finally found the breakthrough from a corner in the 66th minute when Abdallah Nasib's header went in via a deflection off the chest of Hanonov -- their goalscorer from their round-of-16 win over the United Arab Emirates.

Tajikistan tried their best to score an equaliser, with Alisher Shukurov coming close when he tested keeper Yazeed Abulaila from distance with an effort that stung his palms, but Jordan managed to hold on for a famous victory.

Jordan had fallen at the quarterfinal hurdle twice before and Hussein Ammouta's side will next play either 2015 champions Australia or South Korea in the first semifinal on Tuesday.