South Korea secured a ninth straight appearance at the World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Tuesday to claim a place at the finals in Russia next year.
Lee Keun-ho, Son Heung-min and Lee Dong-gook all hit the woodwork for Shin Tae-yong’s Koreans, but it mattered little as they earned the point that sealed second place in Group A of Asia’s qualifying competition behind already-qualified Iran.
Syria took third spot in the group to seal a playoff place as Omar Al Soma’s late goal earned Ayman Hakeem’s side a dramatic 2-2 draw with Iran that pushed Uzbekistan out of the playoff positions.
Syria took the lead in Tehran and became the first team to score against Iran in 13 qualification matches when Tamer Haj Mohamed netted from close range after Al Soma’s free kick had been fumbled by Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.
A double from Sardar Azmoun looked to have …