South Korea booked their place at a ninth straight World Cup finals on Tuesday evening as a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan was sufficient for Shin Tae-yong and his group to book their ticket for Russia.
In any case, after the last shriek, there was catastrophe for the Uzbeks as a late objective from Omar Al Soma in Tehran saw Syria move into third place in the group as Aymen Hakeem’s side fixed a 2-2 draw with effectively qualified Iran on a sensational last night of Asia’s qualifying effort.
Saudi Arabia later beat Japan 1-0 to secure their place in Russia too, pushing Australia to the playoff against Syria all the while.
South Korea guaranteed they would complete in second place in Group A behind the Iranians and two focuses clear of Syria as the country proceeded with their surprising keep running of back to back appearances at the World Cup.
Lee Keun-ho, Son Heung-min and Lee Dong-gook all hit the woodwork for the Koreans at Pakhtakor Stadium, with the home side not doing what’s needed to keep their expectations of a first-since forever World Cup appearance alive.
Those fantasies were dashed in Tehran when Al Soma struck profound into damage time to space the ball between the legs of Alireza Beiranvand and give the Syrians a point that took them into third place on objective contrast.
Syria and Australia, the groups in third place in each group, will go head to head against each other in October, with the victors going into an intercontinental playoff against the fourth-set group in CONCACAF in November.
Syria booked their place in the end stage after a noteworthy battle back late in the amusement.
Tamer Haj Mohamed scored for the Syrians, the primary objective Iran have surrendered in more than 12 qualifying matches — from short proximity following 13 minutes before a twofold from Sardar Azmoun looked set to give the Iranians each of the three focuses.
In any case, Al Soma, who just came back to the group a month ago after a long willful outcast, slipped the ball home to send the Syrians into joys.
In light of the continuous common war in Syria, the national group has not played any qualifiers in their nation of origin. For the last round, they played in Malaysia, while in the past round they played in Oman.