Asian Cup Special: The most controversial team in the world! Do the Syrian national team truly represent the country? Or is it just a PR tool for president Bashar Assad?
Australia have snatched a late winner against Syria to book their place in the round of 16. Elsewhere, Jordan topped Group B with a goalless draw against plucky Palestine.
With the 2019 Asian Cup kicking off on Saturday, DW takes a look at each group and predicts which teams will make the knockouts. Traditional regional powers and emerging teams face differing levels of expectation.
Australia's Asian Cup title defense got off to a nightmare start as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Jordan. In the day's other games India crushed Thailand and Syria were held by Palestine.
Despite war devastating the country for almost eight years, the Syrian national football team has qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup. Many Syrians are enthusiastic, others have politically justified reservations.
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