You can't beat a good underdog story in football and Syria are responsible for one of the greatest in recent memory.

The nation riddled by war and conflict have just reached the World Cup play-offs in dramatic fashion thanks to a 93rd minute equaliser against Iran, with striker Omar Al Soma slotting home to make the score 2-2 - sparking wild scenes amongst the players and management team.

Check out the brilliant emotion-filled clip here:

Credit: Seven HD

Syria players promptly piled on one another after the injury time strike, with incredible passion and emotion on display.

Going into the game in Tehran, Ayman Hakeem's side had a chance of making next year's tournament in Russia through automatic qualification - something they would secure if they beat Iran and Uzbekistan got a result off South Korea.

They were in dreamland just nine minutes in when Tamer Haj Mohamad gave them a shock lead against Carlos Queiroz's Iran, who hadn't been breached for ten qualifying games on the trot and had already secured passage to the World Cup. As it stood, with Uzbekistan drawing 0-0 with South Korea, they were heading to Russia.

But the hosts turned things around, with Sardar Azmoun bagging a double and looking to end Syria's World Cup dream.

South Korea's 0-0 draw sent them through, and though the Syrians missed out on automatic qualification, that late equaliser meant they finished in third place in Group A, and as a result their World Cup dream is very much still alive.

Following the 2-2 draw, they will now face either Australia or Saudi Arabia in a two-legged Asian play-off next month. And if they get past that, they will be paired with a side from the CONCACAF region in a the final play-off - with Honduras, Panama and the United States the three teams they could come up against.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the monumental accomplishment from the Syria national team:

If they do the unthinkable and qualify for Russia 2018, what a story it will have been.

Josh Lawless

Writer who specialises in football and wrestling. Listens to S Club 7 a bit more than a 19-year old lad probably should do.

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