Crushed but for 120 minutes united: qualifier lets Syrians forget war

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The national team’s progress into a World Cup play-off was a chance to focus on something other than division and destruction

For a moment on Tuesday, Ahmad Mohammad Mohammad, a 19-year-old Syrian from Aleppo, was able to forget about the war.

The Syrian national football team bowed out of 2018 World Cup qualification after a 2-1 loss to Australia on Tuesday, after an unlikely run that saw them progress to a qualification play-off.

It seems like God didn’t want this to happen, [but] for a moment though, in this seven years of war, we were unified.

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For a lot of people, that flag stands for bombing and starvation.

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