For now, the FFA must stick by Ange Postecoglou. The Socceroos can still earn a World Cup spot, a position far too precious to be taken for granted.
Brazilian striker Bobo netted two goals for the reigning A-League champions in torrential raid at Lakeside Stadium.
Australia fans should celebrate the remarkable Tim Cahill, but let's not get carried away. There are significant issues plaguing the Socceroos squad.
Ange Postecoglou is set to walk away from his post as Socceroos coach in November even if the team qualify for next year's World Cup.
Syria's World Cup dream has come to a heartbreaking end. Tim Cahill's double, including one in extra time, ensured the Aussies advanced ... just.
Tim Cahill was the match-winner as Australia edged Syria 2-1 in extra time, but plenty of his Socceroos teammates failed to show up.