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United Arab Emirates has set up a playoff with Australia

Dubai — The United Arab Emirates set up a playoff clash with Australia on Tuesday, passing a surprising 1-0 defeat to South Korea in Dubai. They lived up to their hopes of participating in the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

Halleb Abdullah’s 54th minute goal was to finish third in Group A on the side of Rodolfo Al-Avalena, with the UAE taking on Socceroos, who lost 1-0 to Saudi Arabia in the second half kick-off. Guaranteed to meet in Doha on June 7th.

The winner of that match will face the 5th place team in the South American qualifying round and compete in the final match in Qatar.

Abdullah opposed the match of Emiratis, who was looking for a victory to secure the top spot in Group A, facing the Korean side who did not score a goal in the previous five qualifying rounds.

Striker Hwang Hee-chan hit woodworking in the first half because Koreans were dominant, but Abdullah scored nine minutes after the restart.

19-year-old Ali Mabkhout was caught in Mohammed al-Barousi’s pass and quietly stroked the ball, dodging Jo Hyeon-woo.

South Korea struck the goal again six minutes later when Hwang Ui-jo’s header clipped the top of the bar, but denying the UAE, who is trying to make it to the final for the first time since its debut in 1990. I could not do it.

The United Arab Emirates finished third in the group ahead of Iraq, which was drawn one-on-one to Syria.

Abdul Ghani Shahad’s team had to expect the UAE to be defeated by South Korea by defeating the Syrians, but was late when Arahal Dali shot into the roof of the net in the 4th minute.

Aiman ​​Hussain headed for the equalizer 14 minutes before the break and gave him a lifeline, but the Iraqis couldn’t claim a second victory in qualifying.

Iran defeated Mashad’s Lebanon 2-0 with goals from Sardar Azmoun and Alireza Jahanbaksh, and Dragan Skočić’s team outperformed Group A by two points over the Koreans.

In Group B, Australia, which missed the automatic qualifying in last week’s defeat in Japan, has already taken third place, but the second half penalty by Saudi Arabia’s Sarlem al-Dausari deserves a victory in Jeddah for the host. , Struggled again.

The Japanese team, who defeated Australia and confirmed their position in the seventh consecutive World Cup final, were forced to fight back after Nguyen Tan Bin’s 19-minute header gave the visitor a lead.

However, Yoshida scored from a close distance in the 9th minute of the second half, giving points to the home team that changed significantly.

Oman defeated China 2-0 in Muscat and ended the campaign with goals from Al-Shadowar Alawi and Abdullah Fawaz, giving Branko Ivankovic’s team three points. -agency

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