Syria's World Cup hopes come to end

Oct 11, 2017, 00:27
Syria's World Cup hopes come to end

The 2-1 extra-time victory came after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, which was played in Malaysia because of the on-going war in Syria.

The only two flags permitted for entry into the match on Tuesday were the flag used by the Assad government and the Australian flag, whereas the Free Syrian Army was included as a forbidden flag.

"I said when he broke the 100 games that he's a great Australian sportsman, beyond our sport", he told Fox Sports.

Australia's hopes were then handed a significant boost three minutes into extra time, when Al Mawas was sent off for an apparent foul on Robbie Kruse. "At the end there are mistakes in soccer".

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Order was restored just a few minutes later, when Socceroos captain Cahill netted his first of the night with a trademark header.

For a second we actually thought Syria could do it and watching the game play out on Twitter was almost as good as watching the game itself. Those games will be played in November, with the victor of the home-and-home series landing a place in Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup.

"He's really turning into an accomplished global player as well as a league player, and I'm rapt for him".

In the meantime, the Celtic star will now return to Scotland.

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Al-Khatib created opportunities nearly immediately, but the Australians also wasted chances and forced good saves from inspirational goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma to ensure the match was still 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

"I will run to the end for this manager and these players", Cahill said.

Tomi Juric came on for Tom Rogic as the match ticked into extra-time, but it would be Cahill - the man who snared his starting spot - who sent the ball into the netting and the fans into delirium, registering his 50th worldwide goal in the process.

"I'm proud of everything we have done together and how we can help kids watching to follow their dreams".

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