South Korea and Iran will compete for the top spot in Group A.

On Matchday Nine of the 2022 World Cup qualifier at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday, longtime foes South Korea and Iran will face off for first place in Group A.

With two games remaining, the Iranians are two points ahead of the Taeguk Warriors.

Team Melli go into its last match against Lebanon in Mashhad as a strong favourite to win the group if they donot defeat in Seoul.

Iran and Korea previously met on Matchday Four at Azadi Stadium, when they played to a 1-1 draw, with Alireza Jahanbakhsh's equaliser cancelling out Son Heung-opener. min's

Iranians qualified for global showpiece for sixth time and third time in a row, while Korea's record is among the finest in world football, since they've qualified for unbelievable ten FIFA World Cups in a row.

With captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi, and Saman Ghoddos all ruled out of Dragan Skocic's squad for COVID-19, Iran has been handed a triple blow.

Korea's final home encounter in Group A is on March 29, while it goes to Dubai to face the United Arab Emirates, while Iran closes out its campaign in Lebanon on March 29.