Uzbekistan's Bakhoder Nasimov (L) fights for the ball with Jordan's Shadi Abu Hashhash during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at King Abdullah stadium in Amman September 6, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Uzbekistan and Jordan will face off in the pivotal World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.
Both teams are engaging in the second leg of a playoff that will determine which club moves on to an inter-continental playoff with CONMEBOL's fifth place nation.
The current aggregate favors Uzbekistan. The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw in Amman, Jordan, but the away goal gives Uzbekistan a victory. In the opening leg, Mossab Al-Laham gave Jordan a 1-0 lead just 30 minutes into the match, but Uzbekistan's Server Djeparov extinguished the lead just five minutes later.
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Uzbekistan only needs a 0-0 draw to make it to the next round of qualifiers, while Jordan will need to pull off a win or wind up with a 2-2 draw or higher. Away goals are the first tiebreaker in the event that the two sides draw on aggregate.
Uzbekistan wound up in this playoff due to a rough finish in their group stage campaign. The team wound up with two points in its first two games, but turned things around in a hurry with three straight wins. With a chance to qualify, the team lost to Korea Republic and was forced to put together a decisive performance against Qatar; the team won 5-1, but lost on goal differential against Korea.
Jordan had a madly inconsistent group stage performance and alternated wins and losses throughout; the team's low point came in 6-0 loss against Japan. In the final game against Oman, Jordan pulled off a 1-0 win to leapfrog over Oman into the third spot in the group.
Neither side has ever played in the World Cup finals.
Prediction: Uzbekistan takes advantage of home field and wins 2-1.
Start Time: 10 a.m. EST