Jordan holds Iraq to 1-1 in World Cup qualifying

Jordan held Iraq to a 1-1 draw in the final round of 2014 World

Cup qualifiers in the Middle East on Sunday.

Nashat Akram opened the scoring for Iraq in the 14th minute with

a solo effort from outside the penalty area in the Group B match.

But then Jordan’s Ahmad Hayel Ibrahim took advantage of some poor

goalkeeping to draw his team level in the 43rd minute.

Neither team could find the winner 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 next June will advance to the

World Cup, while the two third-place teams play off for a further