first_imgQatar, the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, failed to qualify for 2018 edition of the tournament after a 3-1 loss to Syria in their penultimate Asian Group A qualifier in Malaysia on Thursday.Qatar will be participating in the 2022 World Cup by virtue of being the hosts but failed to make it to the big stage of 2018 through qualification.The Qataris, who have never played at a World Cup finals, needed to win both of their remaining qualifiers to have any chance of making it to Russia next year. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Marco Asensio, Andrea Belotti primed for starring roles in Spain-Italy showdown)On the other hand, two teams from Asia — Iran and Japan — have qualified for the big-ticket tournament next year.Japan made it through on Thursday after they defeated Australia 2-0.Australia’s fate now will depend on two factors — the Socceroos have to register a big win against Thailand in their final qualifier and hope for Japan to beat or draw with Saudi Arabia. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Spain, Italy lock horns to inch closer to direct qualification)(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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