Syrians hope national team qualifies for 2018 Fifa World Cup

Australia with Aaron Mooy, will go to Thailand in search of a big victory in order to qualify

Australia with Aaron Mooy, will go to Thailand in search of a big victory in order to qualify

Syria continued their improbable dream of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a last-gasp 2-2 draw in Iran to seal a play-off spot in the Asian Football Confederation section.

Fahad Al Muwallad's thunderous victor in Jeddah qualified the Saudis for their fifth World Cup, snatching the second automatic spot in Group B - and relegating Australia to the play-offs.

But he conceded: "If we qualify, it will be a victory for Syria, not for the regime". The second goal for our national team!

Defeat in Uzbekistan could see the 2002 semi-finalists fail to make it to the global showpiece for the first time since 1982 if third-placed Syria manage to pull off a massive shock and win in Tehran Tuesday.

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. Son's last goal for South Korea came in October past year when they beat Qatar 3-2 at home.

Russian Federation 2018 will be the fifth appearance for Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup finals after qualifying for the first time back in 1994.

To make the World Cup, the victor will then have to beat a team from the CONCACAF confederation covering North and Central America, and the Caribbean.

Japan, who qualified with last week's 2-0 win over Australia, had nothing left to play for but often looked the better side and had two certain goals cleared off the line before Al-Muwallad's opener.

To book their ticket to Russia, Syria would need to win on Tuesday and South Korea lose to Uzbekistan, or they could take the perilous play-offs route to qualification.

In England we get a bit lazy about getting excited when the national team qualify for a major worldwide football tournament, it's the expected thing. A lot of fans are therefore clamoring for these three to lead the team in the upcoming match against Uzbekistan.

But the stage to which the Syrian footballers have reached in the recent games is against all odds, with the difficulty of the training and the lack of good atmosphere with their country being ripped by a seven-year war. Venues are yet to be confirmed, though it's believed matches will be played on neutral territory - likely in Malaysia - as the war-torn country has not played at home since December 2010.

"I'm a man who likes to play an attacking football".

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