Syria have just made it to the World Cup playoffs

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

A Syrian commentator broke down in tears in an incredible reaction to a late equaliser against Iran which kept the war-torn country's World Cup dream alive.

Coach Shin Tae-Yong, who took over from the sacked Uli Stielike in July, said he had not yet had enough time to mould the team into his favoured "offensive" football.

However, the football federation later issued a statement blaming a "technical glitch" and stressing that there was "no plan to allow the presence of women in Azadi stadium for the Iran-Syria match".

Ahead of the Tuesday's FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier in Group A between Iran and Syria, rumours of a game-fixing plot by the two teams are rife.

In Asia, the top two teams advance directly to the World Cup, while third-placed teams enter playoffs to earn a spot.

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People visiting the website selling tickets for Iran-Syria football match, recently noticed that the option for women's purchase of tickets is active on the website.

Some coffee shops have already become overbooked for the Tuesday event.

While the KFA is relieved, South Korean broadcasters are also welcoming the national team's World Cup appearance next year. A Facebook page called Syria Team has over 100,000 followers encouraging the Syrian team.

"Should we go to the World Cup just to be knocked out in the first round?" posted one fan, while another wrote: "I am confused".

In Uzbekistan team, the players Igor Sergeev and Server Djeparov are likely to be on the team and they secure the goals for the team.

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"But there are a lot of experienced players in our team and you have to enjoy this kind of situation".

Syria play their home games 5,000 miles away from wartorn Damascus in Malaysia.

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.

Uzbekistan would have qualified with a win over South Korea in Tashkent.

Back in Syria, the victory set off wild celebrations and fireworks, at least among supporters of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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"We will prepare for the World Cup thoroughly", he said in comments published by Yonhap news agency yesterday. The team played recently quite well - Uzbekyushan and Qatar were beaten, a draw and with Iran at home and China, the loss was only at the exit in South Korea (0: 1). "Whether I play or not, I'll try my best".

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