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WC Qual. Asia

Syria boss resigns after failure to qualify for WC

Syria coach Ayman al-Hakim on Thursday resigned after the head of the federation criticised his performance, after the team failed to qualify for its first ever World Cup.

WC Qual. Asia

Cahill crushes Syrian World Cup dreams

Australia emerged victorious in extra-time, beating Syria 2-1, ending the World Cup hopes of the war-torn nation, who initially took the lead in the return leg and came so close to equalizing in the added time of extra-time, but were cruelly denied by the woodwork. The Australians will no face the team who finishes fourth in the CONACAF qualifying group to see who will qualify for Russia 2018.

WC Qual. Europe

Syria's World Cup hope brings relief and divisions

The prospect of reaching football's World Cup and creating one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history is giving Syrians something else to think about after years of grinding war.

WC Qual. Asia

Can they do the impossible? Syria eye World Cup upset

Syria will rely on their trademark fighting spirit to keep their World Cup "miracle" alive against Australia on Tuesday, as the Socceroos look to ride a wave of home support.

WC Qual. Asia

Australia slam referee after Syria draw

Australian players and media slammed the referee after Syria's controversial late penalty dented their hopes of reaching next year's World Cup following a 1-1 play-off draw in Malacca.

WC Qual. Asia

Syria's Soma puts World Cup play-off on knife-edge

Omar al-Soma buried a late penalty as war-torn Syria drew 1-1 with Australia to put their two-legged World Cup play-off on a knife-edge on Thursday.

WC Qual. Asia

Cahill relishing crucial Syria play-off

Veteran forward Tim Cahill on Wednesday said Australia were relishing the "cut-throat" challenge of beating Syria over two legs as they look to reach next year's World Cup via the nerve-jangling play-offs.

WC Qual. Asia

'There's no impossible' as war-torn Syria eye football World Cup

A qualifying campaign that has defied civil war and internal splits has brought Syria within sight of a miraculous World Cup berth -- if they can overcome Asian champions Australia.

WC Qual. Asia

Syrian commentator brought to tears by late goal

Football is an emotional game, capable of providing both incredible highs and devastating lows, sometimes all within 90 minutes, as one Syrian commentator found out on Tuesday.

WC Qual. Asia

Syrian delight as World Cup dream lives on

Syrian fans expressed joy as their fairytale World Cup campaign headed into an Asian play-off against Australia -- whose coach found himself under rising pressure.

WC Qual. Asia

Korea reach World Cup as Syria earn play-off spot

Omar Al Soma's stoppage-time equaliser extended war-torn Syria's World Cup fairytale on Tuesday, as South Korea booked their spot to reach the tournament for the ninth straight time.

World Cup

Road to Russia football fever unites war-divided Syrians

For the first time in Syria's conflict, sport has come to the defence of the deeply-fractured country's unity, with regime backers and foes alike dreaming of World Cup 2018 qualification.

WC Qual. Asia

World Cup miracle beckons for Syria and China

War-torn Syria as well as China, the ultimate sleeping giants, are both aiming to pull off a near-miracle as Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup heads into a final showdown on Tuesday.

WC Qual. Asia

War-torn Syria could still qualify for World Cup 2018

Syria currently sit third in their Asian qualifying group, just two points behind second placed South Korea with one game remaining.

WC Qual. Asia

Syria keep World Cup hopes alive

Omar Kharbin struck twice as war-torn Syria gave their 2018 World Cup dreams a huge boost with a 3-1 win over Qatar in Melaka, Malaysia, on Tuesday.

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