Jordan won the pulsating second-leg Group D preliminary match of the Asian Nations Cup against Iran 3-2 in Amman on Friday, IRNA reported.
Full-back Yahya Golmohammadi, who captained Iran in the absence of injured Ali Daei for 38 minutes headed home an Iman Mob`ali cross in the fifth minute.
Due to his injury, Golmohammadi was replaced by Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh seven minutes before the break.
Mahmoud el Gohari`s side was on level terms in the 39th minute when Moayad Salim Mansour`s left-foot kick kissed the left side of the net of out-of-sort keeper of Iran, Ebrahim Mirzapour.
The expectant home fans celebrated the second six minutes later as Mahmoud Shelbaieh outjumped Bakhtiarizadeh, heading home a curling corner.
Although Jordan possessed both ball and field after the interval and piled on the pressure, Iran grabbed the equalizer in the 58th minute.
Midfielder Moharram Navidkia sent a superb pass for international striker Farhad Majidi in the penalty box and he rifled an angled shot past the helpless goalie Amer Sabbah.
Iran`s defensive frailties were exposed once again, with substitute Badran al Shagran rounding Bakhtiarizadeh to pat in a Faisal Suleiman low chip in the six-yard area, sealing victory for Jordan 10 minutes from time.
Manager Homayoun Shahrokhi tried to settle for a point by introducing top goalscorer Edmond Bezik for Majidi in the 81st minute but he was unable to fashion a way back for Iran.
Iran won the first leg 4-1 in the 100,000-seater Azadi Stadium, west of Tehran, on September 5.
On October 18, Iran will meet North Korea in Pyongyang. The Korean side, which lost the first-leg match against Lebanon 1-0 at home on September 4 is to play the return match against the Lebanese in Beirut on September 27.
Group D table is as follows:
P W D L F A Pts 1. Iran 2 1 0 1 6 4 3 2. Lebanon 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 3. Jordan 2 1 0 1 4 6 3 4. North Korea 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
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