Syria's World Cup Dreams Were Shattered In A Nail-Biting Qualifier Against Australia

Syria's World Cup Dreams Were Shattered In A Nail-Biting Qualifier Against Australia

Syria's World Cup Dreams Were Shattered In A Nail-Biting Qualifier Against Australia

Cahill's record 49th and 50th goals for Australia - including an extra-time victor at ANZ Stadium - earned the Socceroos a heartstopping 2-1 victory over Syria in the second leg of their play-off.

The Socceroos made hard work of it though, letting in a goal in the 6th minute to Syrian striker Omar Al Soma.

Syria kept the Asian champions at bay in the second half but in extra time, they were left with a mountain to climb when al-Mawas lunged at Robbie Kruse and received his second yellow card.

Spectators who attempted to attend a World Cup qualifier between Australia and Syria in Sydney on Tuesday carrying the green, white and black flag which was adopted by supporters of Syria's revolution in 2011 were barred from entering the stadium on the grounds that political symbols are banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association rules.

The first game will be played away in the week beginning the 6th of November, while the second leg will be at ANZ Stadium on the 14th.

Syria played the Socceroos to a 1-1 draw during their "home" match in Malaysia last week.

Tamer Haj Mohamad dispossessed Mark Milligan in midfield and he fed Al Somah, who outpaced the Australian defence and planted the ball high into the net with his left foot.

Australia's Tim Cahill scored the equaliser in the 13th minute.

Syria's players were left inconsolable after Tim Cahill's 109th-minute victor sealed it 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate for Australia, who now go into an intercontinental play-off.

The home-field advantage should also prove to be a tremendous deciding factor in this game that should propel Australia to the victory.

It took Mooy some time to get into the rhythm of the game, but once he settled, neat interplay with Kruse, Cahill and James Troisi around the edge of the area showed the difference he can make.

Latching onto a cross from Hertha Berlin's Mathew Leckie, the 37-year-old planted his header into the bottom corner for his 49th worldwide goal. Socceroos will face one of the team in the United States, Panama or Honduras in the final playoffs.

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