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Syria out of 2018 World Cup

Australia beat Syria 3-2 on aggregate, dashing their hopes of a 2018 World Cup spot.

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Syria out of 2018 World Cup

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Syria’s World Cup dream has been dashed by an extra-time goal from Australia.

Tamer Haj Mohamad took the away team to an early 1-0 lead in Sydney, raising hopes the civil war-torn nation could move one step closer to the 2018 tournament.

But Tim Cahill headed in a 13th-minute equaliser to draw the sides level. The two teams battled it out until the 109th minute, when Cahill once more scored a header putting the Socceroos 3-2 ahead on aggregate.

Despite ending the game on ten players, Syria were given a last-minute chance to take the match to penalties. But Al Somah’s free kick hit the post, taking the home side through to play Panama, Honduras or the US for a spot in the finals.