>> A moment of light in the darkness of the Syria complex. Football fans taking to the streets of Damascus, celebrating after their national soccer kept alive their World Cup qualification hopes. Syrians were thrilled as they watched their team on television, playing out a 2-2 draw against Iran.>>
>> This man describing the result as an historic miracle.>>
>> After an equalizing goal in additional time, Syria keep on going with a guaranteed playoff place ahead of next year's World Cup finals in Russia. Uzbekistan missed out on the playoff place, which Syria have taken on goal difference.
Now the Syrians will have to play the third place team in Asia Group B, for the ticket to Russia. The countries footballers have overcome more than six years of civil war and internal political rifts. But football in the Middle East is no stranger to war affected nations, making a big impact.
In 2007 Iraq won the Asian Cup at the height of the insurgency triggered by 2003's US led invasion.