Underdogs take on dark horses in the final eight...Two of the surprise packets of the Asian Cup group stages meet this evening in the quarter finals, as Uzbekistan take on Jordan.
While the Central Asians are perennial dark horses at this tournament, they remain something of an enigma and have caught the eye with their form.
Vadim Abramov's side have - along with Iran - been the most impressive in the tournament thus far, led at the back by the talented Odil Ahmedov and up-front by Server Djeparov.
Jordan meanwhile finished second in a group that included powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Japan; the Jordanians first drew with Japan in their opening game before beating the Saudis 1-0.
Their 2-1 win over Syria confirmed their place in the quarter finals, where they face their most difficult challenge yet.
Both Japan and the Saudis were lacklustre and far from their best but that can't be said about a team that at the moment, look good enough to win the Asian Cup.
Add to that the fact that the Jordanians will be without four players through injury and suspension and the task seems more difficult.
Iraqi manager Adnan Hamad will be without striker Odal al-Saify for the rest of the tournament (hamstring injury), captain Hatem Aqel, Anas Bani Yaseen and Basem Fathi (who is suspended).
Uzbekistan enter into this match with a clean bill of health and no suspensions to worry about.
They'll be relying on their threat from long range - a skill the likes of Djeparov, Ahmedov and Geynrikh have used to devastating effect already - and their slick passing game to break down a stubborn and highly organized Jordanian outfit.
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