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September 24 2017, 01:17 | Van Peters
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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.
Fahad Al Muwallad's thunderous victor in Jeddah qualified the Saudis for their fifth World Cup, snatching the second automatic spot in Group B - and relegating Australia to the play-offs. South Korea scored 11 goals in 10 matches, most among Group A teams in the final qualifying round, but their last two matches with Iran and Uzbekistan ended up without goals.
First Saudi Arabia refused to respect a minute's silence, now they're doing their best to ensure Australia doesn't earn automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
The 28-year-old, who has 25 goals in his last 24 league games at Al Ahli in the Saudi professional league, scored a last-gasp equaliser during Syria's World Cup qualifier against Iran. We believe that the hosts will play in their field habitually very powerful and will win the fifth victory.
Defeat in Uzbekistan could see South Korea fail to make it to the global showpiece for the first time since 1982.
Despite an incredible 45 shots on goal, the Socceroos couldn't find the margin against Thailand at AAMI Park that would have seen them overtake the Saudis on goal difference - meaning a win by any score for the home side would have done the job.
A goalless draw with Uzbekistan proved enough for the former World Cup semi-finalists to reach Russian Federation 2018, after a patchy qualifying campaign which has left supporters unconvinced.
"We are with our Syria and if they qualify or not they will remain our heroes", another post read.
He manages to compose himself to say: 'The second goal for our national team.
Big screens were erected in public squares the Syrian capital Damascus for public screenings and fans also packed into coffee shops and sports halls to watch the broadcast from Iran. The South Koreans failed, however, to get the goal that would have secured a World Cup spot without having to rely on Iran picking up a point against Syria.
Syria, which has been playing its nominal home games in Malaysia, will now face a two-legged play-off against Australia.
As the game entered the final moments, with Uzbekistan holding South Korea to a draw, it looked as though Syria's World Cup dream was over. "I'm a man who likes to play attacking football".