The people of Syria have suffered greatly during a long, brutal civil war. But now there is a chink of light – in the form of football. Syria has never played in a World Cup, but that might be about to change now that they have reached the playoffs.
A last-gasp equalizer from Omar Al Soma booked Syria an unlikely place in the World Cup playoffs. The war-torn country has not been able to play a single game at home throughout the campaign.
Two-time World Cup champions Argentina remain in danger of not qualifying for Russia after earning only a draw against Venezuela. In Europe, Turkey kept their hopes of qualifying alive with a 1-0 win over Croatia.
From Melbourne to Berlin via three other stops in German football, Mathew Leckie has had quite the career so far. This season, the Australian has stepped out of the shadows.
The head of the Spanish football federation has been arrested on corruption charges along with his son. The charges relate to the alleged embezzlement of funds and international match-fixing.
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