Having defeated Qatar last week, the Syrian team will take on Iran Tuesday.
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In the midst of a long-running and ruinous war, millions of Syrians may finally have something to be joyful about.Syria's national football team have a chance to qualify for next year's World Cup. The top two finishers in the six-team group will automatically qualify for next year's tournament in Russia, while the third-place team will enter a playoff.Football is Syria's most popular sport, but the war has negatively impacted the country's football industry.Another player who has been outside Syria for years, but never expressed support for the opposition, is Omar al-Soma, who joined the national team before the match against Qatar last week.Syrian state news agency SANA said the national team began its training in Tehran Saturday in preparation for Tuesday's match against Iran.On social media, some predicted that Iran, who have already qualified for the tournament, may let Syria win the match based on the political closeness of the two countries.
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