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Recapping the War-Torn Country's Mesmerising World Cup Bid

Recapping the War-Torn Country's Mesmerising World Cup Bid

Ahead of the Tuesday's FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier in Group A between Iran and Syria, rumours of a game-fixing plot by the two teams are rife.

The voice of the match commentator in his home country, some 1,800km westward, cracked and disappeared into a whisper as he burst into tears, his emotions accentuated by the fact that no Syria home game had been played since 2011.

But if luck ran out in the Tuesday match, the Syrian team still has the chance to hold its third spot and could qualify, but through very hard two rounds of playoffs.

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South Korea also played out a goalless draw against Uzbekistan in Tashkent and advanced to the World Cup as the Group A's second team.

With Uzbekistan and South Korea deadlocked and the fourth official preparing to lift up the board indicating injury time, Syria looked out of contention, with the Uzbeks set to take the playoff spot. A country ravaged by war, which had defied so many odds to come so far, had added another leg to its already incredible journey.

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The decision compelled clerics to demand the match be cancelled outright, or else Iran's football team should refuse to play.

Syria, which has been playing its nominal “home” games in Malaysia, will now face a two-legged play-off against Australia.

"This is the team of the whole of Syria, the opposition and supporters" of the regime, said the soldier. "I took the role to do it a certain way and I'll see it through", Postecoglou said. They were disqualified from qualification for fielding an ineligible player.

Syrian fans expressed joy as their fairytale World Cup campaign headed into an Asian play-off against Australia - whose coach found himself under rising pressure. "I was only talking about the difficulties of the match".

Syrian state news agency SANA said the national team began its training in Tehran on Saturday in preparation for Tuesday's match against Iran.

"I am confused. Why am I angry rather than joyful after the team reached the World Cup?" one fan wrote on the South Korean web portal Naver.


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