Iran face South Korea, Thailand handed tough group in WCQ 2018 draw

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face rivals in a gruelling test to qualify for , while have been handed a tough group when they were drawn in the third round of Asia’s qualifiers.

Group A will see Iran, South Korea, Uzbekistan, China and Syria battle it out to play at Russia. In Group B, Asian champions will resume hostilities with , along with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq and Thailand.

The top two teams in each group will qualify automatically, while the two third-placed teams will clash in a two-legged play-off for the right to play the fourth-ranked CONCACAF nation.

Here’s the draw in full: