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Syria does gold case and dream of first world cup-participation

The war-torn country won in Malaysia with a 3-1 Qatar.

Image from the international match between Syria and Iran last year. © AFP

Syria has Thursday evening an excellent thing in the battle for a ticket for the world cup next year in Russia. It’s been more than six years, war-torn country won in Malaysia – his home should the national team is no longer in your own country, finishing the game with 3-1 Qatar.

This spring the Syrians in group A of the Asian kwalificatiezone about Uzbekistan, 1-0 lost in China, to the third place. The first two of both groups go directly to the world cup, the two numbers three in a barrageduel from who to the intercontinental play-off should. Therein waits the number four from the CONCACAF zone (North and Central America).

With one match day to lose Syria now have as many points as Uzbekistan (12), but benefits in the state of a better goal difference (+1 vs -1). Iran leads with 21 points and is already assured of world cup participation, South Korea is second with 14 points.

Wins Syria next Tuesday in Iran, then it is at least sure of the barrageduel. It may even be second and directly qualify, depending on the result of the match between South Korea and Uzbekistan.

Manages Syria managed to qualify, then it may for the first time in history to participate in a world Cup. In Syria, the national competition will always continue, in spite of the war that the country since 2011 gets underway. The national team has one old acquaintance: Sanharib Malki (33), ex-Beerschot, -Lokeren and Roeselare.

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