Syria have just made it to the World Cup playoffs

Samvel Babayan head coach of the Uzbekistan men's national football team speaks at a press conference at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent Uzbekistan on Sept. 4 2017 on the eve of his team's World Cup qualifier against South Korea

Syria have been in civil war for the past six years but yesterday their football team provided an incredible moment with their 93rd minute equaliser in their World Cup qualifier against Iran.

If Syria do get past Australia they will then face an intercontinental playoff against a CONCACAF team with the winners securing a place at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It is not that we didn't want to score".

Usually fielded in a 4-2-3-1 formation which when needed shifts into a more classical 4-4-2, Syria relies on its talented forwards who are given plenty of room upfront, knowing they're well-secured by a hardworking defence and midfield.

The hashtag "MbS is the face of luck" soon started gaining traction on social media, with many lauding the team's victory courtesy of half-time substitute Fahad Al Muwallad's winning goal. Striker Firas al-Khatib, who was often seen attending fundraising events for the opposition during his years in exile, returned to Damascus last month for the first time in five years, receiving a VIP welcome at the airport.

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For residents of rebel-held areas of Syria as well as those under government control and in the autonomy-seeking Kurdish territories, triumph in Tehran would bring a welcome respite from a brutal conflict which has cost more than 330,000 lives. It was there, the side qualified for the 2002 World Cup.

Syrian national team never gives up and their last-minute 2-2 draw against Iran is not the only example of that.

The visitors took a shock lead through Tamer Haj Mohamad's stooping header - the first goal Carlos Queiroz's Iran had conceded in 10 qualifying games. The team has been torn apart by a cruel regime looking to use soccer to gain goodwill from Syria's people and anti-regime factions who view the team as a symbol of oppression.

"This team, we support it and we don't support it", said Ghaith al-Sayyed, a young resident of the town of Binnish in the northwestern province of Idlib. Win that, and Syria has booked its ticket to Russian Federation next summer.

But if luck ran out in the Tuesday match, the Syrian team still has the chance to hold its third spot and could qualify, but through very hard two rounds of playoffs.

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