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Tim Cahill brace puts end to Syria's World Cup dream

Tim Cahill brace puts end to Syria's World Cup dream

The score stayed level after 90 minutes, sending the pivotal game to extra-time after Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Almeh made a series of spectacular saves during the match.

Much has been achieved, from becoming Asian champions to exposing a range of young Australian talent to the rigours and demands of international football. But in a reflection of the massive divisions among Syrians amid an ongoing 7-year-old war, the country's World Cup run was opposed by many Syrians opposed to President Bashar Assad, who accused him of exploiting the team.

Less than three years ago, the Socceroos walked off ANZ Stadium as the champions of Asia.

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.

Some argue that Syria should not have been allowed to compete because of political interference and others have argued that Syria competing and doing well normalises the situation and makes it seem like everything is fine.

We played with attacking options away from home in the opening leg and from recent interviews, it sounds like there might be some changes.

Ange Postecoglou offered no guarantees over his future as Australia head coach, amid reports he is set to quit.

"We've just got to be a little but more clinical, it can make a big difference to the team's confidence".

Like Harry Kewell in 2005 against Uruguay, and Tim Cahill in 2006 against Japan at the World Cup, Mooy channelled his anger into influencing proceedings when he came on.

Tim Cahill playing for Australia
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"We have that in our system at the moment we need eradicate it; we give the opposition a leg up". "We left it late and we had to work awfully hard, but I think we deserved to get through".

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

The crowd burst into victorious chants and celebrations.

The Socceroos boss was critical of his side's crossing, and also lamented another soft goal that changed the entire tide of the game.

"I'm just happy the boss gave me the opportunity", the veteran said after the game.

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.

"It's an absolute privilege and honour to coach your country".

It kicked off at 10am (8pm local).