• FT

    Australia

    0

    China

    1

  • FT

    Japan

    1

    Bahrain

    0

  • FT

    South Korea

    0

    North Korea

    0

  • FT

    Oman

    2

    Thailand

    1

  • FT

    Jordan

    2

    Turkmenistan

    0

  • FT

    Lebanon

    1

    Singapore

    2

  • FT

    Iran

    2

    Kuwait

    0

  • FT

    Iraq

    0

    Qatar

    1

  • FT

    UAE

    1

    Syria

    3

  • FT

    Saudi Arabia

    4

    Uzbekistan

    0

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - AFC

Al Ahli Club

Referee: Mark Alexander Shield | Attendance: 2000

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United Arab Emirates

  • Ismail Matar 79' PEN

1 - 3

FT

Syria

  • Adel Abdullah 39'
  • Jehad Alhoussain 51'
  • Firas Al-Khatib 90'

UAE 1-3 Syria: Consolation goal seals progress

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates, June 22 (Reuters) - Ismail

Matar scored with 10 minutes remaining to send the United Arab

Emirates into the final round of World Cup qualifiers after a

tense 3-1 defeat by Syria on Sunday.

Matar's penalty proved decisive and ended the hopes of the

unheralded Syrians, whose were considered one of the weakest

teams in qualifying after advancing from the preliminaries for

the first time.

Syria's win put them level with their opponents on points

and goals scored but the heart-breaking penalty added one more

to their goals conceded column and pushed UAE into the last 10.

Needing a 3-0 win to progress, Syria went all out and were

two goals ahead after Jehad Alhoussain netted either side of

halftime.

Matar hit back from the spot before Firas Al Khatib found

Syria's third a minute before the end.

UAE, the reigning Gulf Cup champions, last reached the World

Cup in 1990 -- their only appearance in the finals -- but failed

to advance from the group stage after losing all their games.

Iran finished top of Group Five after beating Kuwait 2-0 in

Tehran.

Ten teams will contest the final round, five of which have

the chance to qualify for South Africa 2010.

Scoring Summary

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Syria
Ismail Matar (pen 79')

Match Stats

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Syria
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Syria
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Raja Rafe (30')
Mosab Balhous (78')
Omar Hemidi (82')