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Abdalla on target as UAE stun South Korea to earn World Cup playoff with Australia | Football News – Times of India

HONG KONG: The United Arab Emirates handed South Korea a surprise 1-0 defeat in Dubai on Tuesday to set up a playoff clash with Australia as they kept alive their hopes of a first World Cup appearance in 32 years. Hareb Abdalla's 54th minute goal sealed a third place finish in Group A for Rodolfo Arruabarrena's side, ensuring the UAE will take on the Socceroos in a one-off meeting in Doha on June 7. The winner of that match with then face the fifth-placed team in the South American qualifiers with a berth in the finals in Qatar at stake. Abdalla struck against the run of play for the Emiratis, who were facing a Korean side that had not conceded a goal in their previous five qualifiers and were looking for a victory that would secure them top spot in Group A. Striker Hwang Hee-chan hit t...