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Despite all their problems at home, Syria have been having a fairy tale run at qualifying for the World Cup, reaching the penultimate qualifying round. Sadly today they lost in extra time to Australia missing out on a last minute equaliser and penalties by the width of the post.
While the latest doping scandals and the latest tale of premiership abuse can often present sport in a negative light, every now and then a truly heart-lifting story comes along to demonstrate what a force for good it can be. Well done Syria. What a shame you just missed out at the end.