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Australia beat 10-man Syria in World Cup play-off

AFP  |  Sydney 

Veteran striker Tim Cahill scored deep into extra time to take a big step closer to next year's World Cup and end war-torn Syria's fairytale run in the play-offs today.

Cahill, 37, cancelled out Omar al-Soma's opener in the first half before he leapt to head Australia's precious second goal in the 109th minute for a 2-1 win in the second leg.


After last week's 1-1 draw in Malaysia, won 3-2 on aggregate to reach a final play-off against the fourth- placed team from the CONCACAF federation, currently Panama.

Syria have never reached the World Cup and their hopes suffered a massive blow when Mahmoud al-Mawas was sent off for a second bookable offence in the fourth minute of extra time.

As penalties beckoned, Robbie Kruse sent over a cross from the byline and Cahill out-jumped his marker to power a header past the diving Ibrahim Alma.

There was huge drama in the dying seconds, when Soma juddered the right post with a vicious free kick. But survived to stay on track for their fourth straight World Cup.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 21:32 IST
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