Jordan kept their hopes of progressing to the Asian Cup knockout stages alive on Friday with a convincing 5-1 win over Palestine.
A scoreless first half hour played to the hopes of thousands of Palestinian supporters and neutrals hoping for an upset, but soon after the goals came fast and furiously for Ray Wilkins’ men.
Yousef Al Rawashdeh broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute thanks to a key pass by Hamza Al Daradreh.
Al Daradreh would not be satisfied with just the assist, however, and went on the score the next four goals for Jordan: two before the halftime whistle and two more in the 75th and 80th minutes.
With the game comfortably controlled, the crowd expected a sixth from the Jordanians, but instead the last goal of the match came in the 85th minute from Palestine’s Jaka Ihbeisheh, the first ever for the troubled territory in an Asian Cup final.
The win, Jordan’s first in 12 international matches, gives them a crucial three points in Group D ahead of their third and final game on Tuesday against Japan in Melbourne. They will still need a win against the defending champions if they hope to advance to the quarter finals.