Socceroos stage last stand to keep World Cup hopes alive

The Socceroos FIFA World Cup campaign hangs on a knife edge, with the Aussies needing a win or a 0-0 draw against Syria tonight to progress to the next round of qualifiers.

After a tie against Syria in Malaysia, the Australians are looking to make the most of a home ground advantage.

They kick off at 7pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium.


The match not only carries their World Cup hopes, but also the future of coach Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou admits he could be fired if Australia fails to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

“It’s a privilege and honour to coach your own country and every game has been special and every game I treat it as if it will be my last but that’s not the plan,” he said.

The coach might not be the only man leaving the Socceroos if they fail to beat Syria.

With his age closer to 40 than 30,  Tim Cahill is likely to hang up the boots if Australia doesn’t win tonight.

The 37-year-old is preparing to carry Australia’s hopes once more, with the forward expected to play a pivotal role in the match.

Postecoglou is expected to make a raft of changes to the side which played Syria a week ago and Cahill is likely to spearhead the Socceroos attack in this must-win game.