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WC Qualifying Play-Off

  • November 13, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Amman International Stadium, ʿAmmān (Amman)
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 17370

Edinson Cavani celebrates a goal for Uruguay

World Cup Playoff Preview: Jordan - Uruguay

Edinson Cavani celebrates a goal for Uruguay

Hossam Hassan will be desperately hoping that his side can take a lead with it to Montevideo if it is to overcome a side featuring Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Jordan hosts Uruguay in the opening leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday as the team looks to take a significant step towards reaching the World Cup for the first time.

The Middle-Eastern state is on the brink of making history but heads into the game at the Amman International Stadium as underdogs against a team that reached the semifinals of the 2010 tournament.

Hossam Hassan's men got to this point by winning a penalty shootout in September's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) playoff with Uzbekistan, after finishing third in the fourth round of AFC qualifying.

Uruguay, meanwhile, struggled for much of its qualifying campaign, but Jordan will know that the South Americans represent a step up in terms of the caliber of opposition that it is used to facing.

The home side will need to improve defensively if it is to halt a talented Uruguayan attack, having conceded 16 goals in the final AFC group stage.

At the other end of the pitch, striker Ahmad Hayel Ibrahim carries the home side's most potent threat, having netted seven goals during Jordan's journey towards Brazil.

The visiting side put on a late surge to secure its place in the playoff, although defeat against Ecuador last month effectively ended the team's hopes of automatic qualification.

However, Uruguay's subsequent 3-2 triumph over Argentina represented a fourth victory in five and ensured Oscar Tabarez's men finished five points clear of sixth-placed Venezuela.

Uruguay may have performed poorly in South American qualifying, but should be confident of taking a healthy advantage into the second leg with strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both in the squad for the tie.

The star duo combined for 16 goals in the group stage, but Tabarez is still anticipating a difficult game.

"If Jordan gives everything in order to take advantage of its status as the home team, it will make things hard for us, and I'm not being pessimistic or cautious," he said.

"They don't have any elite football players, but to make a match tough, that's not necessary."

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