Australia 2-1 Syria (AET, agg: 3-2): Cahill's 50th goal ends fairy tale


Tim Cahill ended Syria's dreams of qualifying for the World Cup, scoring both goals for Australia, including his 50th international goal, as the Socceroos beat Syria 2-1 after extra-time (3-2 on aggregate). Omar Al Soma fired Syria into the lead on six minutes, but Cahill responded seven minutes later with a trademark bullet header. Australia dominated possession, but could not find a way past Syria keeper Ibrahim Alma. Syria went down to 10 men after Mahmoud Al Mawas was given his second yellow in the 94th minute of extra time, and they went a goal down when Cahill headed in his second on 109 minutes. With away goals still counting in extra-time Al Soma had one final chance before the final whistle, but his free-kick hit the post. Australia will now face Honduras for the next playoff stage in November.

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