In Damascus, Syrians sobbed in disappointment as their national team missed out on World Cup Qualification.
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Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment Tuesday as their country's hopes of qualifying for its first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.But in opposition-held territory, where some feel the national team has become a symbol of a government they despise, there were those who cheered Australia's 2-1 win.The prospect of the Syrian team qualifying for football's biggest contest brought thousands of fans into public squares and cafes across government-held parts of the country, including the capital Damascus.Vendors hiked prices for Syria kit as demand soared for the red, black and white strip of the national team, nicknamed the Qasioun Eagles.Khair Ali al-Daoud, 24, in the northwestern city of Idlib, got together with 10 of his friends to watch the match – and cheer on Australia.Qasim Khatib, 26, watched the game on his phone with two friends, but said he could never support the "team of barrels," referring to the barrel bombs that Syria's government is accused of using against opposition areas.
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