Sydney chosen to host Australia versus Syria AFC World Cup playoff
Sydney's ANZ Stadium has been chosen as the venue to host Australia's World Cup second-leg playoff against Syria on Oct. 10.
The match will follow the teams' clash on Oct. 5, expected to be in Malaysia where Syria play their home games due to security reasons.
The winners of the Socceroos-Syria playoff will meet the fourth-placed CONCACAF team in a two-leg tie in November for a spot at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Australia were forced into the Syria playoff after finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their Group B of 2018 AFC qualification.
The Saudis and the Socceroos finished tied on 19 points in Group B, adrift of the Japanese on 20 points.
In their final third-round matches on Tuesday, Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in Melbourne before Saudi Arabia edged Japan 1-0 in Jeddah to advance to Russia, due to a superior goal difference.
The Socceroos have strong recent form at the 83,000-seat ANZ Stadium.
They beat Greece 1-0 in June last year, also registering wins over Oman and South Korea and a draw with South Africa since 2013.
Australia are trying to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup, and their third through Asia.