HONG KONG (AFP) - A TV commentator who broke down in tears while celebrating Syria's priceless World Cup qualifying equaliser against Iran has gone viral, racking up more than one million views online.
When Omar Al Soma scored in the 93rd minute, earning Syria a 2-2 draw and a place in the Asian play-offs for Russia 2018, the commentator was overcome with emotion as he shouted excitedly for two minutes.
"The second goal for our national team! The second goal for our national team! Who scored?! Soma! It had to be Soma! It had to be Soma!" he said, according to a translation by Twitter user Mohamed Osama, who posted footage of the incident.
"Allah Soma! The equalising goal! The equalising goal! Pardon me! I've lost it! No one can stop them!"
The repeated shouts of "Allah!", which echoed the famous "Goooooal" celebrations of Brazilian TV, finally died down as the commentator began to sob.
The tweet from Osama (@-DrOsama) drew 1.2 million views and half-a-million responses such as shares and likes, while footage on YouTube was also seen hundreds of thousands of times.
War-torn Syria, who have never reached the World Cup, now go into a two-legged series with Australia, with the winner reaching a play-off against a team from the Concacaf region.
Sydney's Olympic Stadium will host the second leg in October and also the home tie in the inter-continental playoff if Ange Postecoglou's side make it that far.
The first leg of the final round of Asian qualifying will be played on Oct 5, with the second leg in Sydney on Oct 10.
Syria have been playing their "home" World Cup qualifiers in Malaysia because of the security situation in the war-torn country.
The winner then faces the fourth-placed side from the North and Central America Concacaf region, which is currently the United States with two matches remaining, in a two-legged playoff in November.
Australia have featured in the last three editions of the World Cup finals.