Jordan make their point
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A packed crowd in Burnaby's Swangard Stadium saw Jordan make history with their first ever FIFA U-20 World Cup point, following a 1-1 draw with Zambia on Sunday 1 July in the opening game of Group B.

The early exchanges went less than promisingly for coach Jan Poulsen's Jordan side, Tariq Al Jumah receiving his marching orders for handling the ball on the goalline. Fwayo Tembo then made no mistake from the penalty spot, putting Zambia into the lead after just eight minutes. The Africans continued to dictate proceedings for much of the first half, only for a defensive error to prove their undoing. A poor clearance from William Njobvu four minutes before the interval forced his own keeper to come charging out at the feet of Jordan striker Loiy Al Zaideh, the resulting rebound falling kindly for the well-placed Abdallah Salim to stroke home.

The goal and subsequent dismissal of Rodgers Kola further dampened the spirits of the Zambian players, who struggled to get back into the game. Even the livewire Sebastian Mwansa, a constant menace to the Jordanian backline throughout the opening period, appeared to lose his sparkle after the break. The game gradually lost in intensity, although the African team continued to enjoy the clearer chances to take all three points.

Next up for the Asian outfit are Uruguay on 4 July, while Zambia take on tournament contenders Spain.