Jordan score 10 past Iraq to remain top of Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers
A third consecutive win for 2018 Women’s Asian Cup hosts Jordan, saw them storm Iraq with 10 goals while still yet to concede a goal during the three matches in the qualifiers so far.
Maysa Jbarah scored her second super-hattrick to reach her 11th goal in the qualifiers. Team captain and second top goalscorer for Jordan Stephanie Alnaber scored a hattrick, with two goals from the penalty spot. Shahnaz Jibreen and Luna Almasri scored one goal each as Sherin Alshalabe picked up her third straight clean-sheet.
The Nashmiyat stay on target to top group A with 9 points in goal difference over Philippines, and despite securing the qualification spot to the Asian Cup as hosts, the Jordanian ladies aim to conclude the qualfiers campaign as number one.
Jordan’s lineup vs Iraq:
Sherin Shalabe - Haya Khalil, Ayah Al Majali, Yasmeen Khair (Luna Almomani), Anfal Alsufy - Shorooq Shathli (Lana Feras), Tasneem Abu Rob, Shahnaz Jibreen, Stephanie Alnaber (C) (Hannah Al Kousheh), Luna Almasri - Maysa Jbarah
Jordan head coach Maher Abu Hantash:
“We want to finish first in the group and I wanted to score many goals to maintain our favourable goal difference ahead of the last match against the Philippines. From game to game our level is improving and this has been reflected in the scoring. I am also pleased that we have so many players who can score.”
Jordan captain Stephanie Alnaber:
“We were after the three points today, and then of course the goal difference. I’m grateful for the win, the goal difference, and of course for the hat-trick. We will now have a good break and we are looking forward to the next two matches, taking each game as it comes, aiming for the first place in the group.”
Iraq assistant coach Salam Omar:
“Our players didn’t play well today. The Jordan team are excellent and we were technically not at their level. This is football. Now we go into the rest days to gather our thoughts, and we will train for next week.”