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Asian Qualifiers: Nepal Out of World Cup 2022 contention

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Jordan crushed Nepal’s thin razor-sharp chances of qualifying for the world cup 2022 after they easily cruised past the South Asian opponent 3-0 in Asian qualifiers held at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium on Monday.

Nepal, who had never won a single game against Jordan, came up in high spirits after their 2-0 win over Chinese Taipei but could not keep the momentum in their favor and struggled since the start of the match. 

With the expectations of emulating a similar winning result to their 3-0 win over Nepal back in October 2019, Jordan made an impactful start to the game and nearly took a lead 15th minute of the game when Mousa Al Tamari’s long-range thumping shot was denied by Nepalese goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong, keeping Nepalese supporters’ nerve at hold.

Jordan took the lead 24th minute into the game from the spot through Baha Faisal after Al Tamari was hauled down in the box by Rohit Chand. Nepal kept fighting to keep their world cup hopes alive but could not penetrate the Jordanian defense and heroics from Kiran Chemjong at the other end confirmed no more goals in the first half of the game.

Leading 1-0 coming into the second half, Faisal took only four minutes to score his brace when his 30 yards free-kick went into the top corner past the Nepalese goalkeeper. Jordan kept searching for more goals and stretched the lead to 3-0 after Ehsan Haddad’s cross found Yazan Al Arab, who headed the ball home in the 67th minute.

Nepal struggled to find the breakthrough in the game and their best chance came deep into the normal time but Bishal Rai’s shot hit the side net and didn’t trouble Mutaz Yasin.

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With this win, Jordan leapfrogged Kuwait to second place with 3 points separating these two sides with equal 6 games played. Only two wins from seven played games confirm Nepal will finish 4th in the table, six points adrift of last-placed Chinese Taipei. Meanwhile, 5-1 defeat against the table-toppers Australia ensured that the East-Asian side will return home at the last spot in the table.

Jordan will play against Kuwait to strengthen their chances to qualify for the next round while on Friday, Nepal will meet Australia in their final game of the campaign .

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