Football World Cup: Syria Beat Qatar To Keep Hopes Alive


Football World Cup: Syria Beat Qatar To Keep Hopes Alive

Omar Kharbin scored in each half, and Mahmoud Al-Mawas added a third in injury time for the third time as Syria moved above Uzbekistan in their group. These top two teams qualify automatically for the 2018 World Cup in Russia while the third-placed side faces a playoff. Defeat for Qatar means they cannot qualify and will make their World Cup debut as the host nation in 2022. Also See:–  That Means These Wonderful 12 Facts Are Totally False

Syria plays group winners Iran in Tehran in their final group match on Tuesday and will be guaranteed a two-legged playoff against the third-place team in Group B with a victory. But they could yet finish second and qualify directly for next year’s tournament depending on the result of the match between Uzbekistan and South Korea.

On Thursday, South Korea could only manage a goalless draw against 10-man Iran and defeat in their final match could see them fail to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1982 should Syria beat Iran. China could also still take third place and while on Tuesday a playoff spot if they beat Qatar in Doha and other results go their way. In Group B, Japan beat Australia to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup.

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