In a historic turn of events, Mousa Tamari’s stunning curling strike secured Jordan’s first-ever Asian Cup final berth as they triumphed over two-time champions South Korea. Yazan Al-Naimat initiated the breakthrough for Jordan with a clever dink early in the second half, setting the stage for Tamari’s exceptional solo effort.
This victory marks a milestone for Jordan, a team that had never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in previous Asian Cup tournaments. The Jordanian squad, displaying an impressive high-pressing style, capitalised on the absence of Bayern Munich’s Kim Min-jae, suspended for the match, leaving South Korea’s defence struggling to contain their attacks.
Despite a disallowed goal for offside, Son Heung-min and South Korea rallied. However, a VAR review corrected a penalty decision in the 29th minute, highlighting a foul committed by Seol Young-woo instead of Yazan Al-Arab. Jordan seized the opportunity early in the second half when Tamari capitalised on Kim Young-gwon’s error, feeding Al-Naimat for a calm finish over the South Korean goalkeeper.
Tamari’s brilliance shone once again as he doubled Jordan’s lead with a mesmerising display of skill, weaving through defenders from the right before delivering a precise low curling strike into the net. South Korea, seeking their first Asian Cup title since 1960, couldn’t replicate their late-game heroics from previous matches, ultimately falling short against Jordan.
The defeat raises questions about the future of South Korea’s manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, who has faced criticism from some Korean fans since his appointment a year ago. Jordan now eagerly awaits the outcome of the Qatar vs. Iran semi-final to discover their opponent in the Asian Cup final on Saturday.