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Relieved Shin says World Cup will see real South Korea

Relieved Shin says World Cup will see real South Korea

A 3-1 "home" victory against Qatar on Thursday - the game had to be staged in Malaysia due to the civil war - meant a win against Iran would guarantee Syria a playoff place, although if South Korea failed to beat Uzbekistan, the Syrian team would qualify for Russian Federation 2018 automatically.

Mardkian said: "We played with a united spirit, for Syria, for the Syrian people, for the kids, for all the people".

A goalless draw away to Uzbekistan was enough for South Korea on the final day of Asian group games.

On Thursday, they defeated Qatar 3-1 at Hang Jebat stadium in Malaysia, eliminating the rich Gulf state and 2022 World Cup hosts from the race to Russian Federation.

Son, who now has 17 goals in 57 matches, enjoyed a fine 2016-2017 English Premier League season with Tottenham Hotspur, netting 21 goals in all competitions to become the top South Korean scorer in a single European season. After the match, Kim Young-gwon, captain of the team, said it was hard to communicate with the players on the field because of the screaming and yelling of fans.

Syria made it 2-2 in stoppage time when Omar Al Soma put the ball between Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Salimi's legs.

Three-cornered contests loom large as Asia's third qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaâ„¢ reaches its conclusion on Tuesday. The victor will advance to another two-legged playoff against the fourth seed from the final round in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifiers in November to win a World Cup berth.




The victor of next month's two-legged playoff between Syria and Australia will face a team from the CONCACAF confederation covering North and Central America, and the Caribbean for a World Cup spot.

Al-Soma has only just returned to the squad after a five-year absence, having been living outside Syria without expressing support for the opposition. The team played all its home games in Malaysia, 4,500 miles (7,240 kilometers) away to the south-east.

Iran was held to a 2-2 draw by Syria in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. Syria collected 13 points, edging out Uzbekistan on goal difference.

The war has negatively impacted the country's soccer industry, the country's most popular sport.

"Thanks to God, my return to the national team was good", he said after the game.

Women are allowed into segregated sections in stadiums to watch men play certain sports, including volleyball, basketball, handball and tennis.

"I am very proud of my players", Syria coach Ayman Hakeem said. Come on boys! The second goal!