Australia vs Syria World Cup Qualifying AFC 2018
- Author: Regina Holmes Oct 11, 2017,
Oct 11, 2017, 0:25
Beating Uzbekistan to set up a meeting with Australia, they drew 1-1 last week in Malaysia to leave themselves with a fighting chance of making the next round.
The only logical explanation for Mooy's omission could be the switch to a single holding midfielder in the starting XI, and Mark Milligan was given the nod in this role due to his defensive strengths.
They will face the fourth-place team from the CONCACAF standings, most likely Panama or Honduras, in a two-legged play-off in November, with the victor going on to the group stage of next year's finals in Russian Federation.
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.
He just hoped to receive as much financial support as possible for the cut-throat tie consisting of one away game and another back at ANZ Stadium on to-be-confirmed dates between November 6 and 14. Amidst a conflict came home nation, on Tuesday, the Syrian national team came in inches of shocking the world and joined the worldwide World Cup playoff next month.
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The first leg finished 1-1, before the second-leg in Australia today. Omar Al Somah's left-footed strike into the roof of the net was cancelled out by Aussie skipper Cahill's 12 minute header into the bottom corner of the Syrian goal.
"When I play, I know the defenders are going to be scared, not because I'm Tim Cahill but because of my presence and what I give", said the Melbourne City man, who will turn 38 in December.
"I'm proud of everything we have done together and how we can help kids watching to follow their dreams".
Manager Ange Postecoglou had been forced into a change in the 11th minute, having to bring Aaron Mooy - a shock bench starter - into the fray for the injured Brad Smith. That could be Honduras or Panama or USA.
As some of the teams' biggest fans made their way to the match, they spoke to SBS about how they were feeling about the game.