Syria draws with Iran 2-2, qualifies for playoff against Australia for ticket to World Cup 2018

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Wednesday 6 September 2017

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Syria scored an injury-time equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw against Iran and keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The visitors took a shock lead through Tamer Haj Mohamad’s stooping header – the first goal Carlos Queiroz’s Iran had conceded in 10 qualifying games.

But on the stroke of half-time, Sardar Azmoun headed Iran level before giving them a second-half lead.

Syria looked to be heading out, but Omar Al Somah coolly slotted home.

South Korea’s goalless draw with Uzbekistan allowed them to claim second place in Group A in the Asian section and automatic progression to Russia.

It means Syria will face Australia in a play-off in October, before having to face a Concacaf side in another two-legged tie the following month for a place at the World Cup.

(Source: BBC)


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