Commentator in meltdown as Syria continue their World Cup dream

Uzbekistan's national football team coach Samvel Babayan speaks during a press conference at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on Sept. 4 2017 one day ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between South Korea and Uzbekistan

Commentator in meltdown as Syria continue their World Cup dream

"Should we go to the World Cup just to be knocked out in the first round?" the fan added.

South Korean midfielder Son Heung-min (C) tries to dribble past a Uzbekistan player during the teams' World Cup qualifying match at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on September 5, 2017.

A last-gasp equalizer from Omar Al Soma booked Syria an unlikely place in the World Cup playoffs.

It seemed the ban on women attending men's football matches had been lifted on Saturday, when an option for women's tickets for a World Cup qualifier against Syria appeared online.

"I can not describe my happiness".

"Of course we wanted the national team to win", even if Syria is divided into "the opposition and the regime", said 30-year-old Abu Badr in Eastern Ghouta, where a group of fans watched the game in a farm.

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.

"What do you do?" "I felt that if didn't sign up, I would be missing a major event", Zahra Jafarzadeh said.

"At a time when girls of this country have no choice but to dress as men to get into the stadium, I as a representative of these people would not like to be present in the stadium by receiving a special permit", Parvaneh Salahshouri, another member of parliament, told the reformist Shargh newspaper. It was a fearless performance from the Syrian team considering that it was playing away from home in Tehran and was down 2-1 heading into extra time.

Football. 2018 World Cup.

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

But it was also party time for South Korea, who finished second in the table.

South Korea, initially considered one of the favorites of the current qualifying round, as a result of a number of misfires and does not justify the expectations placed on it. "The world will see how strong South Korea are at the World Cup".

They first must beat Australia or Saudi Arabia and then one of USA, Honduras or Panama to reach the first World Cup finals in their history.

The team going to the World Cup guarantees stable sponsorship deals for the national football governing body.

They will now play Group B's third-placed team Australia in play-offs, with the victor going into an intercontinental clash against the fourth-placed side from the CONCACAF federation.

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