‘No matter how happy I am, I crossed the line’: Jordan striker’s goal against South Korea sparks controversy over on-goal celebration

No matter how happy Korea is to beat Jordan, the line has been crossed!

Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea national soccer team was eliminated from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar 2023 Asian Cup quarterfinals after a 0-2 loss to Jordan at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Sunday (July 7). South Korea’s first Asian Cup title in 64 years is over.

Kim Min-jae’s red-card redemption led to a collapse in the South Korean defense. The backline of Seol Young-woo, Kim Young-kwon, Jung Seung-hyun, and Kim Tae-hwan, who had led Ulsan to a second straight K League title, was left wide open by goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo. 안전카지노사이트 Despite several saves, Korea conceded two goals in the second half.

The problems with the Korean defense, which had been masked by Kim Min-jae’s individual prowess, were exposed. In the eighth minute of the second half, Tamari intercepted Park Yong-woo’s pass and ran into the box. Al-Naimat slotted the ball home for the first goal. Just 13 minutes later, Tamari added a second goal to complete the rout.

When the game ended and the victory was confirmed, Jordan felt like they had won the World Cup. The Jordanian crowd, which numbered in the tens of thousands, went wild. They couldn’t contain their joy at beating South Korea, a country with a world-class star in Son Heung-min.

Al-Naimat, the scorer of the first goal, sprinted with the Jordanian flag. He suddenly lost his cool, climbed onto the goalpost and unfurled the flag. Wrapped in the flag, he laid down in the net. His Jordanian teammates joined in the celebration.

Jordan’s celebration was captured on AFC social media. Many commented that while they understood the dramatic joy of beating South Korea, the defacing of the goal was out of line.

Fans from around Asia reacted with comments such as “I understand the sentiment, but it was too much,” “Lack of respect for the opponent,” “Why do you have to vandalize to celebrate,” and “You’d think Jordan had won the tournament.”

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is unlikely to issue any punishment for Jordan’s behavior.

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