South Korea squeeze past Syria 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

South Korea's Hong Jeong-Ho (left) celebrates his goal against Syria in a World Cup qualifier in Seoul on March 28, 2017

Hong Jeong-Ho's early goal gave South Korea a 1-0 win over war-torn Syria on Tuesday to put their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.

China-based Hong struck in the fourth minute but it was an unconvincing margin of victory for the Koreans, who were upset 1-0 by China last week.

Uli Stielike's men remain well placed at second in Group A with three games to go. The top two qualify automatically for next year's World Cup in Russia.