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Postecoglou to quit Socceroos in November

The two countries drew the first leg play-off tie 1-1
reuters The two countries drew the first leg play-off tie 1-1 Credit reuters
Alejandro Castrejon | Octubre 11, 2017, 08:38

Postecoglou singled out Cahill, who has been a star of Australia's World Cup campaigns since scoring against Japan in Germany in 2006, for his composed performance.

Their next challenge will be to face the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF in a home and away series in November, with Panama or Honduras shaping as the most likely opponent.

"We have that in our system at the moment we need eradicate it; we give the opposition a leg up".

Syrian goalscorer almost caused Socceroos heartbreak in the 121st minute.

His pride in holding the role remains undiminished, fiercely proud of being the guardian of the current generation of players.

With penalties on the horizon, Syria seemed desperate to hold on. He hadn't scored for the national team in 2017 and his minutes were dwindling.

Tim Cahill gestures to the crowd after his match-winning goal.

The defeat caps off a dream run for a country which has been gripped by civil war, with the 2-2 draw with Iran last month sparking wild celebrations on the streets of Damascus, where thousands watched the game together on a large screen erected in public.

THE margins could hardly be finer.

Leckie whipped in a delightful cross that virtually sat on Cahill's head.

The crowd burst into victorious chants and celebrations. "I sort of knew the day before".

"Unfortunately Smithy struggled with his injury and unfortunately we had to make a change".

The crowd was silent again when al-Soma stepped up in the last minute of extra time with a chance to make it 2-2 - a result that would have allowed Syria to advance to the next stage on away goals - but his free kick missed by the narrowest of margins with keeper Mat Ryan beaten.

The advantage is certainly with the Socceroos.

Mooy said after the game that he was "angry" about the decision, a rare criticism from a playing group that had been hitherto vocal in its support of their coach. And not just on the pitch. I'm not going to waste an opportunity. I don't know in terms of coaching if there's a greater honour to bestow upon someone, than to coach your own country.

Midfielder Mooy was the team's best player in Malaysia and was also influential after coming on in the first half in Sydney to replace the injured Brad Smith.

The decision was widely met with disbelief and frustration as it reverberated around social media throughout the afternoon.