Japan has already qualified for the World Cup, leaving the Socceroos and Saudi Arabia to battle it out for the remaining automatic qualifying spot while the loser faces a much tougher road to Russian Federation with play-offs against another Asian country, followed by a North and Central American side.
The South Korean men's national football team celebrates with a banner on qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a scoreless draw against Uzbekistan at Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on September 5, 2017.
Trailing 2-1 against rivals Iran as injury time wicked away, it looked for all the world like the dream was over. Syria will likely play their "home" match against Australia in Malaysia, as they have during Asian qualifying, due to the ongoing war, as per the Sun.
"I can not describe my happiness".
However, a goal from Sardar Azmoun just before halftime drew the sides level in Tehran, and Iran's goalscorer then got his second early in the second half to put the hosts in front.
(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) People hold Syrian Flags as they watch the 2018 World Cup qualifiers between Iran and Syria, in Damascus, Syria September 5, 2017.
Syria got off to a good start, scoring the opening goal the first Iran conceded during the campaign so far through a header by Tamer Haj Mohamad, who, like the majority of the countrys players, has had to move overseas.
"What do you do?"
"If there was ever a more one-sided contest I've never seen one", Postecoglou said during the post-match press conference. "I think we have to work on getting delicate touches on attack, and if we have more communication between the players and coaching staff, we'll do better".
"It's tough qualifying for a World Cup. The world will see how strong South Korea are at the World Cup".
He said will watch the game against Iran, as he did with previous ones.
"The team has an entirely new aspect", he added.
South Korea's coach Shin Tae-Yong also took over mid-campaign, and he promised doubtful fans that the team would be much improved by Russian Federation. "I won't be pushed into the shadows of Australian football history like others".
If South Korea failed to qualify, the three broadcasters would reportedly have considered renegotiating the deal with Federation Internationale de Football Association.
In order to advance, Korea now has to win against Uzbekistan, who are aiming for their first World Cup appearance.
However, Uzbekistan's chances are over thanks to the late show from Syria, who now face a two-legged contest with either Australia or Saudi Arabia to reach an intercontinental play-off against CONCACAF opposition.