Syria World Cup dream still alive; South Koreans progress

Syria’s fairytale bid to validate for a 2018 FIFA World Cup continues after they hermetic a playoff berth in Tuesday’s 2-2 third-round lift with giants Iran during a Azadi Stadium.

The Syrians got off to a dream start when Tamer Haj Mohamad dismissed them forward on a rebound, after antithesis screw Alireza Salimi could usually resist Omar Al Soma’s peppery freekick behind into a risk area.

Sardar Azmoun equalised for a hosts on a cadence of halftime, poking home from tighten operation after reacting quickest to a lax turn inside a six-yard box.

Azmoun afterwards struck again 4 mins after a hour symbol with another poacher’s strike, and it looked as yet Syria’s conspicuous run would be entrance to an end.

But, right during a death, a visitors strike their opponents on a mangle and Al Soma clinically dismissed by Salimi’s legs to acquire his side what incited out to be a essential point.

Despite wanting other formula to go their approach if they were to stay alive in their hunt for a place during Russia 2018, that was accurately what happened for a Syrians.

Over during a Bunyodkor Stadium, a 0-0 lift between Uzbekistan and Korea Republic saw a latter automatically swell as a second-placed side in Group A, along with a already-qualified Iranians.

However, it also authorised Syria to pass a Uzbeks in third mark and they will now face off with a third-placed side in Group B with a mark in a inter-confederation playoffs adult for grabs.

The leader of that tie will play a fourth-ranked side in a final turn of subordinate in CONCACAF for a mark during subsequent year’s World Cup, with a likes of United States, Honduras and Panama all intensity opponents.

Tuesday’s final Group A strife saw China finish on a high with 2-1 delight over bottom side Qatar in a passed rubber during a Khalifa International Stadium.

It was a Qataris who pennyless a deadlock by an Akram Afif bid in a 47th minute, though goals by Xiao Zhi and Wu Lei in a final 16 mins saw a visitors lift off a energetic comeback.

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