Jordan holds Iraq to 1-1 in World Cup qualifying

Jordan held Iraq to a 1-1 draw in the final stage of Asian

qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on Sunday.

Midfielder Nashat Akram opened the scoring for Iraq in the 14th

minute of the Group B match with a solo effort from outside the

box. Jordan striker Ahmad Hayel Ibrahim took advantage of some poor

goalkeeping to level in the 43rd minute.

Neither team could find the breakthrough in the second half,

though Jordan substitute Thaer Bawab missed an easy chance in front

of the net in the 86th minute.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the World Cup

finals. The two third-place sides will play off for a spot.