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World Cup Qualifiers
(Thu 08 Oct 2015, 05.00PM LOCAL)
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Venue: Amman International Stadium
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Preview: Socceroos v Jordan

Get ready for fireworks as the top two sides meet in Group B when Jordan host the Socceroos in Amman.

Just hours after the Hyundai A-League kicks off Season 11, the Socceroos face their toughest group test in this blockbuster FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ qualifier.

Australia sit atop Group B with a 100% record, having scored 10 times and conceding just one in three games. 

The motivation for Jordan - should they take all three points - will be the chance to leap-frog Australia into top spot (Australia is on nine points, Jordan seven).

For Australia, a victory puts them five points ahead of Jordan and in pole position to top the group. 

3 reasons why Jordan could shock the Socceroos

And as the Socceroos will vividly remember from their last visit to Amman, their supporters will make for a hostile environment.

Though our players won’t be overawed by this type of hostility, if the hosts jag a goal early it will really test the Aussies’ mettle.  

In 2012, such a scenario played out. Australia lost a FIFA World Cup qualifier at the King Abdullah International Stadium, with Jordan defeating Holger Osieck’s Aussies 2-1 after taking a 2-0 lead in front of a raucous home support.

Goals to Hasan Abdel Fattah and the excellent Amer Deeb on a landmark night for Adnan Hamad’s outfit (Archie Thompson chipping in with the sole Aussie reply in the final minutes).

This memory will give Jordan a lift but also spur on the Aussies to make amends (some of the squad that night are also in Jordan this week, such as Spiranovic, Cahill, Federici, McGowan and McKay).

Australia, however, wreaked revenge on the Jordanians the following year with a thumping 4-0 win at Etihad Stadium to all but qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In 2015, January’s Asian Cup showcased the best of Jordan under then coach Ray Wilkins (the former England star). In particular, four-goal hero Hamza Al Dardour, who lit up AAMI Park against Palestine with a virtuoso display.

The Saudi-based 24-year-old striker again looms as the key man if the hosts can get something out of this game.

Jordan may’ve dropped eight spots to 99 in the latest FIFA World rankings, but that’s still higher than group opponents Kyrgyzstan (146), Tajikistan (160) and 182nd placed Bangladesh.

But Australia is the highest ranked nation in the group at 58. And this is a different Aussie side to 2012, one much better prepared and clear on how they play under Postecoglou.  

You sense though, the Asian Champions won’t allow the hostility to get the better of them. In fact, they’ll relish it. 

But that said, this will be some test. 

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Socceroos’ Jordan curse strikes again in Amman

The Socceroos have been beaten 2-0 by a Hamza Al Dardour-inspired Jordan in Amman on Friday morning (AEDT).

Jordan have now leapfrogged Australia into top spot in Group B of FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ qualification, leading on 10 points with the Socceroos still on nine. 

Jordan took the lead in the first minute of the second half with an emphatically taken spot-kick after striker Al Dardour was brought down.

And Al Dardour deservedly sealed the win with a cool finish with just minutes left to leave Australia stunned with their first loss in qualification. 

At the Amman International Stadium, it was the top two sides in Group B in a blockbuster FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ qualifier between the skilful Australians and intense Jordanians backed by a vociferous home support.

The Socceroos controlled the game in the first 15 minutes with an attacking, ball-playing midfield featuring Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo.

Confident on the ball, this took the crowd out of equation but Jordan caused the Socceroos a few problems as they worked their way back into the contest.

Forward Al Dardour leading the charge up front as the Jordanians looked to get in behind Australia’s back four with long balls over the top.

Both sides created good chances with Rogic looking a threat but right on the half-time break, had it not been for Adam Federici’s knee, Jordan would have taken the lead.

Jason Davidson was turned inside out by the speedy Al Bakhit and his low cross somehow ricocheted off the Bournemouth keeper and away.  

It was a portent of things to come. After just 30 seconds into the second half, Al Dardour got on the end of another long ball and in the contest with Spiranovic was adjudged to have taken him down in the box.

Abdel-Fattah’s smashing finish sent the crowd into raptures.

Jordan’s confidence was up as the home side’s intensity ramped up another notch. The ball wasn’t fallng for the Aussies. Jordan’s time-wasting tactics started as early as the 65th minute as a shock loss loomed.   

Tim Cahill came on for Rogic as Ange Postecoglou looked to his star goal-scorer and game-changer with 25 minutes to go.

Jordan was happy to sit back and hit the Aussies on the break. The Socceroos came close after Mooy’s long-range shot off a rebound from his own set piece was stopped by keeper Amer Shafi.

But quality in front of goal was lacking as Tomi Juric came on with 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

Cahill with a great chance to score inside the final 12 minutes but his angled header off a cross was pushed wide by Shafi.

And Leckie should’ve done much better after he was found in space down the Jordanian left but his cross ballooned too high and the danger was averted.

It was to prove costly after Al Dardour swept home the second goal on 84 minutes.

The Aussie defence was stretched and Davidson looked to have been fouled but with no whistle, Dardour was found in the box and he coolly slotted past Federici.

In Amman, as it was three years ago, there was to be no comeback for the Socceroos.