Asian Cup underdogs misplaced 6-0 to Haaland-less Norway months earlier than reaching closing
Asian Cup finalists Jordan had been a really completely different facet after they cruised to a 2-0 victory over South Korea than to the one who was put to the sword by Norway in a not-so-friendly pleasant match final summer time.
Erling Haaland is little doubt Norway’s talisman, and he did not even function when his dwelling nation put six previous the Jordanian keeper that day.
The Arab nation, ranked 87th on the earth per the FIFA rankings, will hope that their closing in opposition to defending Asia Cup champions Qatar will probably be much more aggressive.
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On their approach to a debut closing, which kicks off at 3pm UK time, Jordan started their event channelling that Norwegian goalscoring prowess with a 4-0 win over Malaysia.
Defeat by the hands of Bahrain and a draw with semi-final opponents South Korea noticed them end third within the group, however with 4 factors and a +3 aim distinction they ranked first out of the third-placed groups, and certified for the spherical of 16.
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Iraq and Tajikistan had been then felled, and Jordan are within the closing. They’ve actually improved upon the efficiency that they served up on September seventh, 2023.
The rout, that happened in Norway was kicked off by Antonio Nusa, who slotted dwelling within the eleventh minute. The starlet has since been linked with a transfer to Spurs and Brentford, the place he failed a medical days earlier than the Januray switch deadline.
One Norwegian who at the moment performs for the Bees, Kristoffer Ajer, was subsequent on the scoresheet with a header, and 4 extra objectives had been added earlier than the ultimate whistle sounded.
Despite missing Haaland, Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard did function for Norway in midfield alongside Burnley’s Sander Berge. Asian Cup holders Qatar do not have a participant like Odegaard, so that you’d hope the ultimate could be a bit extra aggressive than this fixture.