Tim Cahill Eliminates Syria From World Cup Qualification With Extra-Time Header

Leader Tim Cahill

Leader Tim Cahill

The 3-2 aggregate victory sends the Socceroos into an intercontinental play-off in November against the fourth-placed team in North and Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF), with a World Cup spot on the line.

But a second yellow card to midfielder Mahmoud Almawas in the 95th minute made the challenge even greater for the Syrians.

Tim Cahill rescued Australia from the brink of World Cup elimination and in the process destroyed Syria's dream of qualifying for next summer's tournament in Russian Federation. "Five key players is a big loss for us but we trust the players we have".

However, two Tim Cahill goals meant that the dream came to an end in an unfortunate fashion.

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Hakeem believes the fairytale run towards a place in Russian Federation has illustrated the underlying unity of a nation bitterly divided by civil war and trusts his players to take another step towards the goal against at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

Who else but Cahill could come up with such heroics? In the end, it took superb crosses from Leckie and Kruse to allow Cahill to find the back of the net through trademark powerful headers from close range.

When all team cohesion seems lost - as it did against Syria - individual displays like Cahill's are about all they have.

Despite praising striker Tomi Juric for his performance in the first leg draw in Malaysia on Thursday night, Postecoglou admitted that he was tempted to deploy his country's record goalscorer to unnerve the Syrian defence.

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"We changed things up with our formation, we went a little bit more aggressive and everyone worked extremely hard", Milligan said.

The Socceroos will take on one of USA, Honduras or Panama over two legs in November with the victor earning the right the World Cup Finals in Russian Federation next year.

Despite that, after just 11 minutes and an unfortunately early injury to winger Brad Smith, Postecoglou was forced to bring Mooy on as a substitute and the change to Australia's attack was instantly noticeable. With our respect for your national team and country.

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