Australia's win over Syria at a glance

Aaron Mooy is a surprise benching for the Socceroos' vital World Cup qualifier against Syria

A dramatic extra-time header from Australia legend Tim Cahill ensured the Socceroos kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over war-torn Syria.

Having edged past Syria 3-2 on aggregate over two legs, Australia will now take on the team which finishes fourth in CONCACAF, with the victor claiming a place at next summer's finals.

Omar Al Soma put the visiting team into the lead just six minutes into the match but Tim Cahill scored for Australia seven minutes later.

SYRIA take on Australia today in their World Cup qualifying second leg. "Over the last two games - the Thailand game and the other night - he probably could be in double-digit global goals already in his career". Eventually that goal came and it was that man again Cahill who was in the right place at the right time.

Rogic had several chances to score and played for much of the game.

"We will beat you in Sydney and then we will have sometime to eat kangaroo barbecue before we go back SYRIA", one commentator wrote, while another added: "Are you walking in Australia or jumping like kangaroos?" "I'm proud of everything we have done together".

The key pair's absence will be a blow, especially given Australia will play the first leg in tough away conditions, but Postecoglou backed his depth.

An incredible underdog story or a misleading extension of a destructive regime, Cahill has invariably left that discussion redundant for the time being - it is Australia who have progressed here.

Socceroos fans will hope that such a managerial blunder won't cost them in the inter-continental playoff against Panama, Honduras or the United States.

Despite that, after just 11 minutes and an unfortunately early injury to winger Brad Smith, Postecoglou was forced to bring Mooy on as a substitute and the change to Australia's attack was instantly noticeable.

As some of the teams' biggest fans made their way to the match, they spoke to SBS about how they were feeling about the game.

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