When Harry Redknapp took charge of the Jordan national team, he probably did not know quite what to expect. After seeing them defeat Bangladesh 8-0 in a World Cup qualifier last week, he sounded pretty hopeful.
He spoke of being surprised by the standard, suggesting it was much higher than he had expected and must have gone into the game against Australia with a quiet confidence. But he was wrong to do so.
Of course, the Socceroos represented a substantial challenge compared to Bangladesh and it proved to be just that. Led by Tim Cahill, Australia hammered Jordan 5-1, but it could have been much, much worse had Ange Postecoglou's men not taken their foot off the gas in the second half.
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In front of a crowd just short of 25,000 in the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Jordan failed to adhere to any sort of coherent structure and quickly found themselves 3-0 down in a one-sided first half. Aaron Mooy and a Cahill double made sure the result was already in the bag by the time to orange slices came around.
Tom Rogic and the substitute Massimo Luongo made it 5-0 in the second half before Abdallah Deeb grabbed a late consolation with an excellent effort. It brings a disappointing end to Redknapp's short reign but he may still extend his short contract yet.
However, the powers that be may be looking elsewhere after this drab performance. Indeed, much was expected from Jordan in this game after they had sealed a famous 2-0 victory over Australia in the reverse fixture last October.
Yousef Ahmad Mohammad’s terrible tackle on Robbie Kruse should have been his last contribution to the match, but amazing the referee only saw fit to show him a yellow card.
Just for fun, here's Redknapp's interview after that Bangladesh game
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