South Korea have become the 14th team to join hosts Qatar and book a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup following a 2-0 defeat of Syria in Dubai.

They join Iran as the two automatic qualifiers from Asian group A - Australia are in group B.

Two matches remain to be played in the group but South Korea cannot now be caught after goals from Kim Jin-su and Kwon Chang-hoon in the 53rd and 71st minutes earned victory.

Qatar will be South Korea's tenth successive appearance at the finals.

Elsewhere in the group Iran beat United Arab Emirates 1-0 and Lebanon drew 1-1 with Iraq.

Iran won despite the 49th-minute dismissal of Sadegh Moharrami. Five minutes earlier Mehdi Taremi had scored what proved the winning goal.

The results left UAE in third, three points clear of Lebanon.

The third-placed team qualifies for a play-off with the equivalent team in group B, currently Australia, with the winner facing a play-off with a South American team to reach Qatar.


Japan win adds to pressure on Socceroos World Cup qualification

Japan have beaten Saudi Arabia 2-0 in World Cup qualifying, moving the Blue Samurai four points clear of the Socceroos ahead of Australia's own tie in Oman.


Socceroos star got Arnold green light for big money Saudi switch

Socceroos winger Martin Boyle has revealed he sought the backing of Australia coach Graham Arnold before completing his lucrative switch from Hibernian to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Faisaly.

More Asian Football Confederation news can be found on their website.