Uzbekistan vs Korea Republic 5/9/2017
At stake is an automatic spot to Russia. A Uzbekistan win will be enough to overhaul the Koreans, who they trail by two points. But that’s provided Syria fail to win in Iran. It is more straightforward for the visitors. A win will guarantee a ninth successive appearance at the world’s biggest show, while a draw could also fit just fine as Syria would need to beat group winners Iran to clinch second place. Uzbekistan will look back regrettably at their patchy second half of this qualifying phase, where they have lost four in the last five matches. Marat Bikmaev is unavailable for the Uzbeks, while Choi Chul-soon has not made the trip to Tashkent. The Koreans also have a superior head-to-head, with 10 wins in 14 previous meetings.