THE BALL – Emirates beats Paulo Bento and guarantees a “play-off” with Australia (AFC)

The United Arab Emirates continue to dream of their first appearance in the World Cup final and will play the Asian “play-off” with Australia.

On Tuesday, Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s side hosted and beat Paulo Bento’s South Korea 1-0, securing third place in Group A.

In the 54th minute, Harib Abdalla Suhail scored the game’s only goal and secured the UAE’s qualification for the play-off against the third-placed team in Group B. The winner of this game will then face the 5th-placed team. from CONMEBOL – Chile, Peru or Colombia – to decide who qualifies for Qatar-2022.

Also in contention for that ‘dam’ are Iraq, who drew 1-1 with Syria but had to win and await a slip from the Emirates.

In the Asian zone, South Korea, Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia ensured direct qualification.

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