The Socceroos’ World Cup hopes hang in the balance after they drew 1-1 with Syria in the first leg of their two-legged Asian playoff at the neutral Hang Jebat Stadium in Malaysia.
With away goals counting double, a scoreless draw at Stadium Australia or any kind of victory will be enough to see the Socceroos advance to the inter-confederation playoff, where they are likely to meet either Panama or Honduras.
If the match finishes 1-1 after extra-time, a penalty shoot-out will decide which team progresses, while a Syria win or anything above a 2-2 draw means the Syrians will advance to the inter-confederation playoff round.
Tuesday, October 10, 8:00pm (AEDT) @ Stadium Australia, Sydney.
SOCCEROOS SQUAD: Ryan, Langerak, Vukovic; Behich, Degenek, Jurman, Risdon, Sainsbury, Smith, Wright; Amini, Goodwin, Irvine, Kruse, Leckie, Luongo, Milligan ©, Mooy, Rogic, Troisi; Cahill, Juric, Rukavytsya.
SYRIA SQUAD: Alma, Al Youssef, Madania; Ajan, Al Shbli, Al Masri, Al Baour, Somi; Jenyat, Al Mawas, Omari, Youssef, Kalfa, Haj Mohamad, Mido, Midani, Al Mobayed, Al Jafal, Hamwiah; Khribin, Al Soma, Al Khatib ©, Mardikian.