Jordan host Uruguay in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Wednesday at the Amman, International Stadium.
Jordan reached the Intercontinental playoff after edging Uzbekistan 9-8 on penalties in September in the Asian Football Confederation playoff.
They enter this two-legged showdown for a ticket to Brazil 2014 as underdogs and Jordan coach Hossan Hassam was under no illusion as to the task that lies ahead.
Hossan said: “They are certainly a strong team, and they have some of the world’s best players. They also have great artistry, they don’t need my evaluation, the whole world knows how powerful Uruguay’s team are, and their world ranking.”
Goalkeeper Amer Shafi is out through suspension while defenders Mohammad Al-Dmeiri and Anas Bani Yaseen are injury doubts for Jordan.
Uruguay are two-time World Cup champions and were fourth in the last edition in South Africa in 2010.
And although the South Americans struggled through their qualifying campaign they will fancy their chances as they boast formidable firepower in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.
But Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is still expecting a difficult game ahead and said: ‘‘We greatly respect our opponents, and we expect that they will give us a tough game, this will be a challenge for us but I hope we win to achieve our goal (of reaching Brazil).”
Uruguay also have injury concerns ahead of the first leg with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera missing out due to a fractured toe.
But even without Muslera between the sticks Uruguay remain Jordan’s toughest and ultimate test as they look to reach the World Cup finals for the very first time.
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