Australia vs Syria: how and where to watch

Live scores blog Socceroos vs Syria World Cup Qualifier

Live scores blog Socceroos vs Syria World Cup Qualifier

The second leg of the Asian Confederation play-off game (second leg) between Australia and Syria takes place in Sydney.

But fate smiled on Australia as it awaits the confirmation of its next opponent, with Panama, Honduras and theoretically the United States completing their World Cup campaigns on Wednesday lunch time (AEDT), with Panama now CONCACAF's fourth-based team when the final whistle blew in Sydney.

The move is a huge gamble given the Huddersfield Town man was the standout in last week's opening-leg 1-1 draw, and one that will elicit big questions should Australia fail to progress to a final play-off.

Meanwhile, Socceroos icon Tim Cahill is expected to start and lead the attack against Syria.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has dropped a selection bombshell for the crunch clash at ANZ Stadium, reportedly leaving Mooy out of his starting XI against Syria.

50 - @Tim_Cahill becomes the 59th player in history to score 50 worldwide goals, and the first for @Socceroos.

Postecoglou's controversial gamble will come under the microscope should Australia fail to overcome Syria tonight.

Poor play in midfield allowed Tamer Haj Mohamad to surge towards the penalty area and play in Al Soma, who fired high beyond Mathew Ryan and into the net.

Calmed by their equaliser, Australia began to dictate the play and looked the most likely to score the third goal, with Leckie denied by goalkeeper Alma and Tom Rogic firing narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

Rogic had another chance to clinch the victor in the 89th minute but his shot was deflected past the post and the Australians were unable to make the breathrough in normal time.

After falling a goal behind to an early strike from Omar Al Soma, up popped Old Man Cahill to restore parity roughly five minutes later, nodding home from close range by capitalising on some shoddy marking (or complete lack thereof) from the Syrian centre-backs...

Al Soma nearly snatched an away-goals win for Syria in the dying moments, rattling the base of Ryan's left-hand post with a fine free-kick, but the Socceroos just held firm to break the hearts of the visitors.

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