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.
They make as many excuses as they want, but the 2017 Socceroos pale in comparison to past playoff squads, writes Michael Church.
Jason Dasey and David Mitchell look ahead to the weekend A-League action as Melbourne City eye a second consecutive win.
In Ange Postecoglou's eyes, Tom Rogic is the kind of match winner most managers would kill to have in their arsenal.
Returning veteran Firas Al-Khatib, an ex-favourite of Shanghai Shenhua, could hold key for Syria against Australia in Tuesday's World Cup playoff.