Malaysia to host South Korea v Syria World Cup qualifier

Malaysia will host Tuesday's 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Korea and Syria, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The two teams will meet in a Group A clash at Paroi Stadium in Seremban, southeast of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

With Syria unable to stage games at home due to security reasons, the FA of the war-torn country had been due to host the Taeguk Warriors in Macau.

Yet the federation was unable to agree terms with its Macau counterpart, with talks breaking down on Wednesday this week.

That left the AFC and the respective federations scrambling around for a quick replacement.

Paroi Stadium, the home of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia's second tier with a capacity of 20,000, got the nod.

A Korea Football Association official told Sports Seoul newspaper that Malaysia was the best option for all Syria's games with Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar and China as well as South Korea.

“Syria has to make the same arrangements with all five countries in the group and so all it seems as if all the games will be played in Malaysia,” said the official. “The condition of the stadium and the pitch as well as the general environment look fine.”

South Korea kicked off the final round on Thursday with a 3-2 win over China in Seoul, while Syria lost 1-0 in Uzbekistan.

The top two teams from the group will qualify automatically for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Malaysia will also host the Group B clash between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Kuala Lumpur on the same evening.

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