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Qualifiers - Group A: Kuwait hold Jordan, Tajikistan sizzle

Friday, September 20, 2019

Zarqa City: Kuwait bounced back from their heavy defeat on Matchday Three to hold Jordan to a 1-1 draw, while Tajikistan strolled to a 7-0 victory over Nepal in Group A of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers at the Prince Mohammad International Stadium on Friday.

Jordan were the raging favourites, having beaten Nepal and Sri Lanka by 7-0 margins, while Kuwait came into the match having suffered a 9-0 defeat to 2018 runners-up Tajikistan on Wednesday.

Tajikistan, meanwhile, showed their goal scoring prowess again on Friday and the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship runners-up only have to avoid defeat against Jordan on Sunday to qualify for the 2020 Finals.

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Jordan 1-1 Kuwait

Kuwait were determined to redeem themselves and fought from the first blow of the referee's whistle as they took the game to Jordan.

Having opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka and then settling for a 1-1 draw with Nepal, the Tajikistan result was something Kuwait had not expected and they showed early on that they are a good side as forward Thamer Alsulili gave them the lead in the 19th minute.

The goal stung Jordan as it was the first they had conceded in the Qualifiers and they immediately went in search of the equaliser.

Head coach Khalil Hussein Khalil Fatafta's players surged forward and drew level in the 28th minute with Mohammad Khaled Obeidat finding the back of the net.

Kuwait, however, were far from dismayed as they held firm despite Jordan continuing to press for a second goal.

The result meant Kuwait ended their campaign on a high note while Jordan will have to defeat Tajikistan on Sunday to seal top spot for a place in the 2020 Finals.

Nepal 0-7 Tajikistan

Qualifiers - Group A: Nepal vs Tajikistan

Tajikistan continued their rich vein of form as they took the lead in the seventh minute through Muhammadvoris Saidaliev's strike before Abdulfatohi Khudoidodzoda doubled their advantage five minutes later.

The Central Asians made short work of Nepal as they furthered their advantage before the interval with Saidaliev finding the target again in the 15th minute before completing his hat-trick just before the half-hour mark.

There was no respite for Nepal as Tajikistan scored their fifth goal a minute after the restart through Khusrav Toirov’s effort.

Khurshed Davlatzoda then got his name on the scoresheet in the 71st minute before Mujovid Shovaisudinov scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute to seal an emphatic win for Tajikistan.

Photos: Jordan Football Association

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