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Iran, South Korea qualify for 2014 World Cup

Iranian forward Reza Ghoochannejhad plays during a 2014 World Cup Asian zone match at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on June 11, 2013. Iran beat South Korea 1-0 to reach the 2014 World Cup but the hosts also qualified on goal difference despite a heroic effort by group rivals Uzbekistan.

Iranian forward Reza Ghoochannejhad plays during a 2014 World Cup Asian zone match at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on June 11, 2013. Iran beat South Korea 1-0 to reach the 2014 World Cup but the hosts also qualified on goal difference despite a heroic effort by group rivals Uzbekistan.  (AFP/File)

Iran beat South Korea 1-0 to reach the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday but the hosts also qualified on goal difference despite a heroic effort by group rivals Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan beat Qatar 5-1 in Tashkent but, needing to win by seven goals, failed to overhaul South Korea for the second automatic qualifying spot in Group A. The former Soviet Republic now go into a play-off series.

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