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Ryan's post rattled as Aussies scrape through

2017-10-10 12:57:00, Views: 6, ICS

Ryan's post rattled as Aussies scrape through

Matt Ryan saw a late Syrian free-kick strike his near post as Australia sneaked into a continental World Cup play-off in Sydney.

The Brighton goalkeeper started in the second leg of the Asian World Cup play off against a dogged Syria side who took the lead on aggregate when Omar Al-Somah lashed his shot into the roof of the net.

Ex-Everton and Millwall midfielder Tim Cahill proved to be his side's two-goal hero at the age of 37 although Syria went close to pulling off a shock with the effort that hit the upright deep in extra-time.

Australia's 2-1 win puts them through from the Asian play-off 3-2 on aggregate and they will next face a team from the North and Central America region, yet to be decided, over two legs in November for a place at Russia 2018.

Australian midfielder Mark Milligan said: "The next round will be a different match, we will have a different challenge on our hands."


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