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Syria vs Australia World Cup Qualifying AFC

Syria vs Australia World Cup Qualifying AFC

The second leg will be played in Sydney on Tuesday, October 10th, with Wright available for selection once more.

Australia fronts up to a pressure test in the World Cup qualifying Asian play-off against Syria, needing an aggregate win over two legs to advance to another two-legged play-off, this time against North America's fourth placed team in November.

Syria are aiming to qualify for their first-ever World Cup finals, and have been forced to play their home games in Malaysia due to the ongoing conflict in their homeland.

The 27-year-old midfielder ran the show for Australia in the first hour, playing a part in Robbie Kruse's 40th minute strike.

"In the first half we weren't as good as we should, but in the second we took control of the match until the last minute", said Soma.

The Syrians found themselves 1-0 down at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Krubong when Robbie Kruse struck from close range for the Socceroos towards the end of the first half.

"They were big boys and they were getting unsafe crosses but I think on the whole we defended really well those crosses".

From then on, Syria started gaining the momentum and launching counterattacks against a tiring defense.

SYRIA'S hopes of creating history and qualifying for the 2018 World Cup remain alive after securing a draw against Australia.

Syria's World Cup dreams should have been effectively ended soon after the break when Tomi Juric hit the post twice in quick succession, but they did not let that scare affect them.

Crowds thronged to Umayyad Square in Damascus to watch the match on a giant TV screen, waving flags and chanting for their team.

It took a late equalizer against already-qualified Iran in Tehran for Syria to clinch a place in the playoff.

The teams will meet again in Sydney on Tuesday with Australia holding the advantage of an away goal as the Syrians maintained their unbeaten record at their adopted home in the Malaysian city of Malacca.