West Asia

War-torn Syria dream of qualifying for 2018 World Cup

Syria kept their remarkable quest for a place at the 2018 World Cup alive after defeating Qatar 3-1 in Malaysia on Thursday.

The victory gave a massive boost to the war-torn nation’s dreams of qualifying from Group A as they moved into third place on goal difference.

Their campaign story isn’t just a feel good football miracle, it’s more about a story of survival. Where at home children play football on the streets to the sound of falling bombs

However, the Qasioun Eagles still maintained an impressive run despite being forced to play all of their games in other countries.

Ayman Hakeem’s men will be guaranteed to finish at least third on Tuesday if they beat Iran in Tehran in their final group match.

“Our team is ready to achieve victory and qualify Syria for the first time to the World Cup,” the chief administrator of national team, Muwaffaq Fathallah told AP.

“We want the Syrian people to be happy.”

Six years of war has brought a beautiful West Asian country to their knees. The death toll has risen to a shocking number, with most of the casualties being children.