Sep 06, 2016

    South Korea look for 2nd qualifying win in Syria game

    SOUTH Korea will try to get their second straight win in the final World Cup qualifying campaign as they face "homeless" Syria on the road.

    South Korea, ranked 48th in the latest Fifa world rankings, will take on No. 105 Syria at Paroi Stadium in Seremban, Malaysia, today for their second match in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup.

    Syria are the match hosts but cannot stage qualifiers in their country due to the ongoing civil war.

    South Korea and Syria were originally supposed to play in Lebanon but the match venue was later changed to Macau due to security reasons.

    But, six days before match day, Macau told the Asian Football Confederation that it could not host the match.

    The AFC and the Syrian Football Association then decided to hold the game in Malaysia.

    South Korea, looking for their ninth consecutive World Cup appearance, opened their final round with a nail-biting 3-2 victory against China on Thursday, nearly blowing a three-goal lead at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

    Syria suffered a 1-0 loss to Uzbekistan in their opener.

    South Korea are currently in second place in Group A, trailing Iran - who beat Qatar 2-0 - on goal difference.

    Syria sit in fifth place in the six-team group.

    South Korea lead in the head-to-head record against Syria with three wins, two draws and one loss.

    Their only defeat came in 1984 when they lost 1-0 at the Asian Cup in Singapore.

    For the final Asian qualification, where 12 teams compete, the winner and runner-up of each group will earn their berths at the World Cup.

    The two third-place teams will have to go through play-off rounds to book their tickets to Russia.