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Syria keeps World Cup dream alive

Updated 2012 GMT (0412 HKT) September 5, 2017
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Syria's national soccer team celebrates after its 2-2 draw in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, September 5. The Syrians will next play Australia as they continue their quest for a World Cup berth in 2018. Syria has never played in a World Cup tournament. Vahid Salemi/AP
Syria's Omar Al Somah, left, fends off Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji during Tuesday's qualifier. Al Somah scored the game-tying goal late in stoppage time. Vahid Salemi/AP
Syrian fans watch their team from Damascus on Tuesday. The nation has been ravaged by civil war. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
Firas Mohamad Al-Khatib competes with Iranian players Ali Karimi, left, and Ehsan Hajsafi. Iran has already clinched a spot in the World Cup. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images
Tamer Haj Mohamad tries to shield the ball from Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images
Syria fans celebrate at the end of the match in Tehran. Vahid Salemi/AP