The team will play 3rd place along with 3rd place in the other group which includes Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman and Vietnam. Between the three numbers that play-off winner will play one continent away for one ticket.
The next stage of World Cup qualification begins with a match against Syria on September 7 for Van Marwijk. Due to the tense situation in the country, Syria does not play home games in its home country. Syria’s last home games were played in the United Arab Emirates, but previously Iraq was also a refuge for Syrians.
Incidentally, Syria and the United Arab Emirates are in the group stage of the Arab Cup, which takes place in Qatar in November / December. The other two teams in the group are Tunisia and Mauritania.
Van Marwijk hopes to reach the final of his third World Cup with the United Arab Emirates. He was previously active with the Dutch national team at the World Cup (silver medal in 2010) and Australia (stuck in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup).
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