Qatar coach quits despite win over South Korea

Qatar coach quits despite win over South Korea

They now stand five points behind third-place Uzbekistan and will need to win both their final games in Group A - and hope Uzbekistan lose both - to stand a chance of qualifying. And a similar thing can be observed in their qualifier against South Korea.

Korea suffered a 3-2 loss to Qatar in Doha on Tuesday in the final round of the Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, casting doubts on Korea's hope to qualify for the quadrennial event for the ninth straight time.

Meanwhile, South Korea remain a point ahead of Uzbekistan in the race for the automatic second qualifying spot in the group.

After landing here, Stielike said he'd take responsibility for the result but fell short of making an offer to resign.

Asked if he would consider his position following the latest setback, the German said it was not up to him.

The white T-shirts that the players wore, were emblazoned with a picture of their premier, an image that has become a symbol of Qatari defiance in response to Gulf-crisis.

Al Haydos' 25th-minute free-kick opened the scoring and Afif doubled Qatar's lead after 51 minutes, before Ki Sung-yueng's goal prompted a strong response.

The show of support for Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani came after several Gulf nations and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed economic sanctions on Doha for allegedly supporting "extremism".

Qatar threatened again at the start of the second half and, after shooting wide from close range, Al Haydos turned provider for a second goal, Afif driving high past Kwoun Sun-tae.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) is expected to sack beleaguered head coach Uli Stielike this week, succumbing to the pressure that has been mounting since last fall.

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min went off injured in the 33rd minute after suffering a suspected broken right arm.

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