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Qatar edge Syria to keep World Cup dream alive

Doha (AFP) – Qatar salvaged some hope of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals with a narrow and desperately needed victory against Syria in a crucial Group A Asian qualifier on Tuesday. The 1-0 victory, secured by a first half Hasan Al-Haydos penalty, brought to an end a run of three consecutive group defeats. The three points also lifted the ambitious Gulf nation off the bottom of the group above China and four points behind South Korea in the third-placed play-off position after four games.
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