Iran football ticket 'glitch' gave female fans hope

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

The South Korean men's national football team celebrates with a banner on qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a scoreless draw against Uzbekistan at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on September 5, 2017.

Facing elimination from Asian qualifying, Omar al-Soma's late goal clinched a 2-2 draw in Tehran and a place in the playoffs for the country.

They haven't played a match on Syrian soil since a friendly against Iraq in December 2010 and have played all their "home" qualifiers over 7000 kilometers away in largely-empty venues in Malaysia.

South Korea on Tuesday secured their berth at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after playing to a scoreless draw with Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

The mood was markedly worse in Australia, where the Socceroos were pitched into the lottery of the play-offs despite a 2-1 victory over Thailand in Melbourne. "I was close to tears - never before have I felt so defeated and humiliated", said Nazar-Ahari in an interview.

Uzbekistan tied South Korea at home 0-0, and hoped that the score in the parallel game between Iran and Syria would stay the same as the former was winning 2-1.

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Jubilant soccer fans celebrated after Saudi Arabia qualified for next year's World Cup, with many rallying behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform program that promotes sports in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Divided by war and challenged by pressure surrounding their home nation, Syrian players will give their best to join the nations already confirmed as World Cup participants.

The channel announced on Sunday that the pivotal game, which will kick off in Tehran on Tuesday evening, will be free to watch for football fans in the Middle East. "We also hope that he can offer his football philosophy and rich experience to China". "The world will see how strong South Korea are at the World Cup".

The politics of Syria's World Cup run has not been lost on anyone.

In Asia, the top two teams in Groups A and B directly advanced to the World Cup, while third-placed teams need to go through playoffs to earn a spot.

The South Koreans hit the woodwork twice in the first half, but endured some nervy moments in the second against Uzbekistan, who were in contention to make their first World Cup appearance.

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