Jordan's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup are hanging by a thread after losing 5-0 to Uruguay in Amman.
Maximiliano Pereira opened the scoring for the visitors with a slide-rule finish, then Cristian Stuani doubled the score just before halftime.
Ahmad Hayel spurned a glorious chance to pull one back for Jordan in the second period before Nicolas Lodeiro scored a third to seal the result.
Cristian Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani then scored two goals late on to make it an outrageously comfortable scoreline. Now, it would take some form of modern miracle for Asia to add a final representative in Brazil next year.
True to recent form, the Jordanians started strongly and got the crowd excited in the process.
They immediately targeted Martin Caceres in his left-back role, using a two-man tandem of Oday Zahran and Adnan Hasan to interchange and stretch the pitch.
The focus was to get the ball into Hayel's feet, but in matching up against Diego Godin, the Al-Arabi man found it difficult to keep his balance and lost a lot of one-on-ones.
Uruguay gradually found their feet after a frantic start and went closest through Luis Suarez before eventually breaking the deadlock. A right-wing cross from Lodeiro found Cavani at the far post and his header back across goal allowed Pereira to steam in and finish from five yards.
The Amman International Stadium was rendered silent by the setback, and it took all of manager Hossam Hassan's encouragement to pick his side up after the goal.
But just as the home team were growing back into proceedings, la Celeste struck again: Odai Al Saify failed to clear a clipped ball into the box and Stuani slotted home with ease.
Halftime came at the right moment and Jordan were able to gather their thoughts. Whatever was said during the break worked—within minutes of the restart, the home side crafted the best chance of the entire game.
Surging down the right, Jordan's right side got the better of Uruguay's left and fired in a delicious cross to the near post. All Hayel had to do was tap it home to set up a thrilling second half, but somehow—inexplicably—he fired wide.
It summed up Jordan as an attacking force perfectly, with carelessness and profligacy in the final third haunting any prospects of getting back into the game.
"I don't think it was a great game but the difference was in the power of the Uruguayan attack against the Jordanian defence," said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, as per Sports Illustrated.
Uruguay made it three with 20 minutes remaining and the celebrations on the bench told the entire story. Cavani was slipped through, his pull-back found Nicolas Lodeiro and the Botafogo man steered it home from just inside the box.
A fourth was added by Rodriguez via a smashing back-post effort, then Cavani scored his nation's fifth with an unbelievable strike from 20 yards.
Uruguay will be booking tickets and checking hotels. Jordan, it seems, must wait a little longer for their first World Cup experience.
Ahmad Hayel, D
Hayel was the focal point of attack but failed to worry the Uruguay back line. He went down too easily, was too happy to ask for a penalty and was largely outclassed by his markers. His miss from five yards in the second half ended all hopes of a Jordan comeback.
Arevalo Rios, A
Arevalo was classy throughout in his central midfield role, mopping up through balls and dispossessing attackers with ease. Admittedly, his opponents were far from elite, but his tidy effort should be applauded.
Full Player Grades
|Odai Al Saifi||CM||C-|
|Saeed Al Murjan||CM||C+|
|Ala Al Bashir||RW||C-|
|Khalil Bani Ateyah||AMC||C-|
|Ahmad Hayel Ibrahim||ST||D|
|Musab Al Laham||MID||C+|
|Rakan Bani Khaled||MID||C+|
The return leg of this fixture, in Montevideo, is on Wednesday, 20 November.