Japan and South Korea stumble on road to 2018 World Cup

South Korean players react to their 3-2 loss to Qatar in the teams&apos World Cup qualifying match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha

Pic: ReutersDOHA: World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar beat South Korea 3-2 on Tuesday to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching next year's finals in Russian Federation as they bid to avoid becoming the first host nation to have never before qualified for the tournament.

The Koreans, who enjoyed a whopping 63 percent of the possession, stormed back into the game with goals from Ki Sung-yeung and Hwang Hee-chang in the 62nd and 70th minutes but Qatar had the last laugh when Al Haydos recorded his second goal off an assist from Rodrigo Tabata just four minutes later.

As hosts of the 2022 World Cup finals, the Qataris were desperate to qualify for next year's tournament in Russian Federation but have managed just two wins and a draw in eight matches in the third round of Asian qualifying.

The top two teams from each of Asia's two groups advance directly to the 2018 World Cup, while the two third-place teams go into a play-off series.

The technical committee is due to meet as early as Thursday, with the agenda likely to be dominated by discussions over Stielike, KFA officials said. "We have to have a scan, it may be broken", said Stielike.




Talk to Al Jazeera: What's next for Qatar Airways? But they missed their opportunity to extend their gap over Uzbekistan, barely maintaining the position with a one-point lead. Since September 2014, when Stielike was appointed the national team's head coach, Korea has struggled to win against teams ranked outside the top 100 in the FIFA World Ranking. The only positive Korea had from the match against Qatar was that Korea got out of playing scoreless matches in away games. Only the top two teams from each of Group A and B qualify automatically for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, while the third-placed sides go into a play-off series.

The match was played in the neutral Malaysian city of Melaka.

South Korea gave up the first two goals of the match before tying things up in the second half.

In Group A, South Korea has work to do to reach a ninth successive World Cup after losing in Doha.

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