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Cahill double for Australia ends Syria's World Cup dream

Nikita Rukavytsya of Australia and Firas Alkhatib of Syria contest the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff match

Syria’s unlikely 2018 World Cup dream is over as Australia progressed to the final qualifying round courtesy of Tim Cahill’s extra-time header.

The civil war-torn nation’s hopes of a place in Russia were denied by two headed goals from 37-year-old Cahill.

Syria took the tie to extra-time but were reduced to 10 men before former Everton midfielder Cahill converted Robbie Kruse’s cross to make it 2-1.

Australia will now play either Panama, Honduras or the USA for a finals berth.

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Line-ups

Australia

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Degenek
  • 20Sainsbury
  • 6Jurman
  • 7LeckieBooked at 25mins
  • 14TroisiSubstituted forRukavytsyaat 73′minutes
  • 5MilliganBooked at 42mins
  • 10Kruse
  • 3B SmithSubstituted forMooyat 11′minutes
  • 23RogicSubstituted forJuricat 96′minutesBooked at 120mins
  • 4Cahill

Substitutes

  • 8McGowan
  • 9Juric
  • 11Goodwin
  • 12Langerak
  • 13Mooy
  • 15Amini
  • 16Behich
  • 17Rukavytsya
  • 18Birighitti
  • 19Risdon
  • 21Luongo
  • 22Irvine

Syria

  • 1Almeh
  • 21Youssef
  • 4Al Baour
  • 18Al Medani
  • 3Ajjan
  • 16MidoSubstituted forHamwiahat 75′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 14Haj Mohamad
  • 8Al MaowasBooked at 94mins
  • 19MardikianBooked at 48minsSubstituted forOmariat 90+1′minutes
  • 11Al JafalSubstituted forAl Khatibat 60′minutes
  • 9Al Soma

Substitutes

  • 5Somi
  • 6Jenyat
  • 10Al Khatib
  • 12Hamwiah
  • 13Kalfa
  • 15Al Shbli
  • 17Omari
  • 22Al-Youssef
  • 23Madanieh
Referee:
Ravshan Irmatov
Attendance:
42,136

Match Stats

Home TeamAustraliaAway TeamSyria
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home25
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home18
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Australia 2, Syria 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Australia 2, Syria 1.

Offside, Syria. Ibrahim Almeh tries a through ball, but Mouaiad Al Ajjan is caught offside.

Omar Al Soma (Syria) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Tomi Juric (Australia) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Milos Degenek (Australia).

Omar Al Soma (Syria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

Firas Al Khatib (Syria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tomi Juric (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zahir Al Medani (Syria).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Robbie Kruse (Australia) because of an injury.

Trent Sainsbury (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tamer Haj Mohamad (Syria).

Offside, Syria. Zahir Al Medani tries a through ball, but Omar Al Soma is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Australia 2, Syria 1. Tim Cahill (Australia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Kruse with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Tomi Juric (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikita Rukavytsya.

Attempt saved. Tomi Juric (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Milligan.

Second Half Extra Time begins Australia 1, Syria 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Australia 1, Syria 1.

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Ibrahim Almeh.

Attempt saved. Nikita Rukavytsya (Australia) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross.

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

Ibrahim Almeh (Syria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Omar Al Soma (Syria) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Osama Omari.

Attempt missed. Matthew Jurman (Australia) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Omar Al Soma.

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Israa Hamwiah.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jehad Al Baour (Syria) because of an injury.

Foul by Nikita Rukavytsya (Australia).

Jehad Al Baour (Syria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tomi Juric (Australia) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mathew Leckie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Tomi Juric replaces Tomas Rogic.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Mahmoud Al Maowas (Syria) for a bad foul.

Robbie Kruse (Australia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mahmoud Al Maowas (Syria).

Attempt saved. Nikita Rukavytsya (Australia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Jurman.

Tomas Rogic (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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