Doha, November 03 (QNA) – Syria have been regular participants at recent editions of the AFC Asian Cup but will be aiming to make a breakthrough at Qatar 2023.

Syria will compete in the AFC Asian Cup for the seventh time, and it will be their second consecutive appearance, but they have never made it past the group stage, said the AFC on its website.

Drawn in Group B, Syria have 2015 champions Australia, Uzbekistan and India for company.

Syria have not tasted victory in their last five AFC Asian Cup matches (D1 L4), marking their longest streak in the tournament without a win, it added.

In each of their last six AFC Asian Cup matches (2011 and 2019), Syria managed at least 12 shots (79 in total), with 27 on target, but they only scored six goals, resulting in a success rate of only 7%.

Omar Khribin (14) and Omar Al Somah (11) took 66% of Syria’s shots in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but each of them only scored once in the tournament.

Syria suffered defeat in their last two matches in the AFC Asian Cup, and if they lose in their opening Qatar 2023 match, it will equal their longest consecutive losing streak, which occurred between the 1984 and 1988 editions. (QNA)


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