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Syria alone fails to expand to Australia: Asia’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers close

… well!

The Transformer database has been enriched by another historical season. The Asian nations ’qualification for the 2018 World Cup is now fully entered with all relevant statistics.

In the two groups, which ran from September 2016 to September 2017, each consisted of six teams, with Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia qualifying as winners or finishing second directly to the final in Russia. Fifth and final starting place two-thirds – Australia and Syria.

As a four-time World Cup participant at the time, Australia were clearly caught in a two-legged playoff battle, but had a tougher time against a potential World Cup newcomer than expected. After a 1-1 draw in the first match, they did not win the second match after 90 minutes. However, in extra time, Umm Salal SC’s Mahmoud Al Mawas saw an early yellow-red card, with Australia finally winning Tim Cahill (109th) using extra time in the 26th minute.

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