Saeed Al Murjan of Jordan in action during the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier match between Jordan and Japan at King Abdullah International Stadium on March 26, 2013 in Amman, Jordan.
Saeed Al Murjan of Jordan in action during the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier match between Jordan and Japan at King Abdullah International Stadium on March 26, 2013 in Amman, Jordan. Adam Pretty / Getty Images

Jordan's win means Aussies have harder road to World Cup

JORDAN'S upset win over Japan has thrown a spanner in the works of Australia's World Cup qualification campaign.

Goalkeeper Amer Sabbah saved a late penalty to keep the score at 2-1 and earn Jordan a surprise success over the previously unbeaten Japanese.

The Blue Samurai still tops Group B and requires only a draw to become the first team from the Asian qualifying groups to join hosts Brazil in next year's World Cup.

Jordan took the lead on the stroke of half-time and doubled the lead with a breakaway goal.

But Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa pulled one back, and then earned a penalty just a minute later.

But goalkeeper Sabbah kept out Yasuhito Endo's spot-kick to earn Jordan the points to move into second in the group, a point clear of the Socceroos.

After the dismal 2-2 draw with Oman, Holger Osieck's men must get at least a draw in Japan - their next game - and then secure home wins against Jordan and Iraq.

The top two teams in the group qualify for Brazil, with the third-placed team heading into a playoff.


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