The Socceroos have survived a nail-biting second leg play-off against Syria at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday night, keeping their 2018 World Cup dreams alive.
It was a nervous start for Australia with Omar Al Somah making the most of a Mark Milligan mistake to open Syria’s account after just six minutes.
It was veteran Tim Cahill who came to the rescue for Australia, scoring one of his trademark headers to level the score at 1-1.
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Then, in the 109th minute, Aaron Mooy slipped Robbie Kruse the ball and he whipped in a cross for Cahill, who easily notched up his 50th international goal with put Australia ahead 2-1.
The result sends Ange Postecoglou’s men to a final intercontinental play-off next month against the fourth-placed CONCACAF finisher, likely Panama or Honduras but the US is also a chance.
We will likely know who the Socceroos will play next by Wednesday afternoon.
WEDNESDAY’S CONCACAF FIXTURES (AEDT):
Trinidad and Tobago v US (11am)
Honduras v Mexico (11am)
Panama v Costa Rica (11am)
CONCACAF WC QUALIFICATION STANDINGS
Country P W D L GD PTS
1. Mexico 9 6 3 0 +10 21
2. Costa Rica 9 4 4 1 +7 16
3. US 9 3 3 3 +5 12
4. Panama 9 2 4 3 -2 10
5. Honduras 9 2 4 3 -7 10
6. Trinidad and Tobago 9 1 0 8 -13 3