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Jordan defeated India 2-0 in an international friendly played at Doha, Abu Zraiq, and Abu Amara

Jordan won 2-0 over India. On Saturday, May 28, 2022, India was defeated 0-2 by Jordan at the Qatar SC Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Jordan won with two goals from Abu Zraiq and Abu Amara, ending India’s preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers. It was a cautious start to the game as both teams attempted to settle in and seek opportunities. Within the first 10 minutes, Jordan had a free kick on the boundary of the India box, but Mousa Suleiman’s cross into the box eluded everyone. In the 20th minute, Hamza Aldaradreh was played behind the India defense, but he could not handle the ball, as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu came off his line and grabbed it.

Manvir Singh broke on the left in a counter as he was put through with less than 15 minutes remaining in the first half. However, he eventually lost possession of the ball, which was scooped up by the Jordanian defense. The first half ended when neither team could break the tie, and the two teams headed to the dressing room level. After the turnover, Blue Tigers head coach Igor Stimac made two substitutions, putting on Ashique Kuruniyan and Yasir Mohammad in place of Manvir Singh and Anirudh Thapa, respectively. Subhasish Bose’s cross from the left was targeted at Sunil Chhetri barely three minutes into the second half, but the former could not get to the end of the pass. In the 53rd minute, a stray clearance by Jordan’s defense fell at the feet of Sahal Abdul Samad on the edge of the box. The Blue Tigers playmaker fired from long range, but his attempt was unsuccessful.

After the hour mark, India got a free kick on the right flank, about 40 yards away. Yasir fired a curling left-footer that went above the crowd of players at the Jordan box and into the crossbar. With about 15 minutes of regulation time remaining, the Blue Tigers made another substitution, bringing on Suresh Wangjam and Brandon Fernandes in place of Sunil Chhetri and Glan Martins. Jordan seized the lead a minute later when Ahmad Saleh controlled an aerial through ball inside the Indian penalty box and delivered it to Abu Amara with his first touch, who side-footed the ball home. In the second minute of injury time, India had a fantastic chance to pull level when Sandesh Jhingan nodded a long ball into the path of Ishan Pandita. Still, the ball was taken away from him by Tarek Khattab’s outstretched leg. On the other hand, Jordan secured the victory a minute later when Abu Amara switched from scorer to provider, and Abu Zraik provided the assist.

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