Little-known Jordan pulled off a 2-1 quarter-final stunner
against China to book qualification for their first ever FIFA U-20
World Cup finals. They will join the East Asian trio of Korea
Republic, Korea DPR and Japan in the Great White North of Canada
for next year's global youth showpiece.
In Monday's first quarter-final match-up, perennial powerhouses and 11-time Asian champions Korea Republic kept up their winning ways as they saw off brave Australia 2-1. For their part, Japan needed an heroic strike in the dying seconds to overcame a resilient Saudi side in another tense 2-1 finish. In the two matches played later in the day, Korea DPR defeated Iraq 2-0 in some style to reach the last-four and Jordan confirmed their status as Cinderella surprise packages by edging out always-powerful China, who finished runners-up in the previous edition two years ago.
Jordan will now cross swords with Korea DPR in the semi-final round on 9 November while reigning champions Korea Republic and Japan do battle for the other final berth.