Syria's World Cup Dreams Were Shattered In A Nail-Biting Qualifier Against Australia
11 Октября 2017, 12:25 | Stacy Ballard
Juric hits the post… twice!0:31
Football Tomi Juric has hit the post twice in successive shots at goal against Syria
The former Everton star was handed a starting spot in Tuesday's second leg of the AFC play-off against Syria and repaid his coach's faith with both goals in their 2-1 extra-time victory.
Omar Al Soma put the visiting team into the lead just six minutes into the match but Tim Cahill scored for Australia seven minutes later.
Australia will now face one of Honduras, Panama or the United States to confirm their place in Russian Federation next summer.
Some argue that Syria should not have been allowed to compete because of political interference and others have argued that Syria competing and doing well normalises the situation and makes it seem like everything is fine.
The victor goes forth to the inter-confederation play-offs to qualify for the World Cup.
"Timmy is Timmy, that's why he's a great Australian sportsman".
Sensing their opportunity to exploit a tiring Syria (due to their internal conflict, Syria's "home" fixture had taken place in Malaysia - it showed here), up stepped Australia's top-goalscorer one again.
Cahill, formerly of Everton and now of Melbourne City, rose to strike again in the 109th minute, getting up above his man to thrust yet another header past Ibrahim Alma in the Syrian goal...
The move was a huge gamble given the Huddersfield Town man was the standout in last week's opening-leg 1-1 draw.
The introduction of Syrian striker Firas Al-Khatib on the hour threatened to swing the momentum, but Ange Postecoglou's men maintained their dominance while squandering a series of scoring opportunities.
Australia, ranked 25 places higher than Syria in the Federation Internationale de Football Association standings at No 50, looked likely to get the win in the second half, but Leckie headed inches wide and Tom Rogic forced a fine save from goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma. Socceroos will face one of the team in the United States, Panama or Honduras in the final playoffs. If it does, the two games will be Postecoglou's last in charge of the national team.
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