Aussie World Cup hopes still alive

Socceroos players have slammed the penalty decision which cost them a crucial World Cup qualifying victory over Syria in Malaysia last night.

It was the first leg of their two-match qualifier against the Middle Eastern Nation, the teams will play again on Tuesday night in Sydney and Australia must win to advance to a play-off against the fourth-placed North American team in November.

The Socceroos dominated the first hour of the match, scoring in the 40th minute, but the extremely high humidity and slow pitch took its toll on the Aussies.


The final 30 minutes of the game was one-way traffic, with the Syrians throwing bodies forward in an attempt to snatch an equaliser.

Their efforts were rewarded after Australian winger Matt Leckie was penalised for pushing Omar Al Somah in the back while heading away a cross, resulting in a penalty.

Omar Al Soma duly slotted the penalty and levelled the scores.

The match felt similar to the majority of Australia’s World Cup Qualifying campaign, it provided the overwhelming sensation that the Socceroos couldn’t covert their dominance on the pitch, to goals on the scoreboard.

Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy was the star of the show, linking defence and attack while playing exquisite passes through to Robbie Kruse and Tomi Juric.