Soccer: Australia’s World Cup fate in Thai hands

Thailand's Tristan Do celebrates his team's equalising goal during a FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification round match between Iraq and Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. (EPA photo)

HONG KONG -- Seven Asian nations will discover their World Cup fate on Tuesday as the race to Russia 2018 draws to a climax.

With Iran and Japan having already booked their places at next year's finals, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Syria, Uzbekistan and China all jostle for the remaining tickets.

The top two teams from both Asian groups qualify directly, with the third-placed sides to battle each other for the right to enter an intercontinental playoff against a side from the CONCACAF region.

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