First Posted: Sep 10, 2013 01:03 AM EDT
Tags Soccer

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

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