By FOX Sports staff
Having played out a 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan in last week's qualifying play-off first leg in Amman, Jordan entered the return encounter in Tashkent as slight underdogs and fell behind after just five minutes when Anzur Ismailov fired the hosts in front.
But three minutes before the break, Saeed Murjan equalised for the Jordanians with a superb strike which was enough to send the game into extra-time and then penalties, where they ultimately prevailed 9-8 after Ismailov missed for Uzbekistan.
And Hassan, widely regarded as Egypt's greatest-ever player, believes his players' spirit was a crucial factor in them getting the result.
"I want to say thanks to my players as I am very pleased with the way they played," he said on the AFC's official website.
"We knew before the game that Uzbekistan are a good team, but we believed that it would be possible before the match and this helped us achieve an important victory."
The 47-year-old was also gracious in victory by claiming their vanquished opponents were equally deserving of progress to the intercontinental play-off, where Jordan will now meet the fifth-placed side in South American qualifying for a place at the tournament.
"Both teams had several chances to score and I think both Uzbekistan and Jordan deserve to continue towards the World Cup," Hassan added. "But we were luckier in this game.
"I think we played very well and produced one of our best performances."
Hassan only took over the Jordan reins in June after he was named as the successor to Adnan Hamad.