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Football | World Cup 2018

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Syria to host World Cup playoff in Malaysia



Syria will host the first leg of the Asian World Cup playoff against Australia on October 5 in the Malaysian city of Melacca, Football Federation Australia said on Thursday.

The Syrians, who have never qualified for the World Cup finals, have played all their "home" qualifiers in Malaysia since Fifa banned them from hosting matches in their war-torn country.

Victory in the two-legged tie against Australia, who will host the second leg at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on October 10, would send Syria into a playoff against the fourth-placed side from the North and Central America qualifiers.

The winners of the intercontinental playoff will secure a berth in the 32-team field for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.



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