On September 5, 2017 at 18:00, in Tashkent at the stadium "Bunkedkor" the team of Uzbekistan and the South Korean team will play the match of the 10th round of the qualifying round among the countries of the Asian continent. The victor will then move on to face the fourth place CONCACAF team for a World Cup spot.
A last-minute goal against Iran has given Syria an opportunity to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
Syria made it 2-2 in stoppage time when Omar Al Soma put the ball between Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Salimi's legs.
The result pushed Australia into third in Group B and a place in the playoffs, where it will meet Syria, which drew 2-2 with Iran to finish third in Group A.
On social media, some predicted that Iran, which has already qualified for the tournament, may let Syria win the match based on the political closeness of the two countries.
Spurred on by the goal and the crowd, it was the hosts who had the better of the rest of the game and the final whistle sparked wild celebrations both on the field and in the stands.
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Syria, despite playing their home games in Malaysia because of the war, now occupy the play-off spot after a win and a draw against China, wins over Uzbekistan and Qatar, and draws with South Korea and Iran.
But the Japan No. 1 could not deny Al-Mulwallad eight minutes later when he smashed home his ninth global goal after being played through by Nawaf Al-Abid.
Under-fire coach Shin Tae-Yong has promised South Korea will "beef up their mental strength" and go all out for the victory against Uzbekistan Tuesday that would secure World Cup qualification for a ninth successive time. For the final round's seedings in April 2016, they were ranked 110th, the second-lowest of the 12 teams in contention. As the match reached the 90th minute, Syria knew that it needed at least a draw.
Hong Kong: 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. But Mathew Leckie claimed the goal four minutes from time that kept Australia's hopes of an automatic berth alive for a few more hours.
In Group B, Saudi Arabia became the first Arab team to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation after beating Japan, who had already qualified, with a single second half goal.