Mahmood Albaher scored an equaliser in the second half as Syria came from behind to hold the UAE to a 1-1 draw in their 2022 World Cup qualifying match.
UAE coach Bert Van Marwijk conceded the hopes for a direct qualification is over but they will look to take an alternate route through a third-place finish.
The UAE will look to end their winless streak when they take on Iraq in their 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday. The UAE still have to notch up their first victory in the third round of the qualifiers. They are lying at the third spot with just two points from three games.
Harib Abdalla’s first international goal kept United Arab Emirates AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar dream alive in a 1-0 win over already-qualified Korea Republic at the Al Maktoum Stadium on Tuesday.
The UAE coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena charted out a route for their qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup ahead of the crucial play-off match against Australia. The UAE are seeking to make a cut for the showpiece event for the first time since their maiden appearance in 1990.
The game in a wet Sydney looked destined for a draw before Mitoma converted from close range on 89 minutes, and then again after a mazy run in injury time to spark joyous celebrations from the visitors.
A confident UAE will look to consolidate their position in the third spot and boost their chances when they take on Iran in the 2022 World Cup qualifying match at Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.
Social media, and some more traditional news outlets, had reported that FIFA President Gianni Infantino was considering encouraging referees to play more stoppage time, effectively extending games to 100 minutes, to make up for the amount of time the ball is not in play.
The Whites are still in the third spot with nine points. But prior to the last round, they were leading Lebanon, Iraq and Syria by 4, 4 and 7 points and their chances for a best third finisher in the group were looking rather rosier.