Soma celebrates after scoring the penalty. AFP / MOHD RASFAN
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Omar al-Soma's disputed late penalty kept Syria's World Cup dream alive Thursday as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Australia and set up a nerve-jangling playoff second leg in Sydney. Australia were left fuming by Soma's crucial spot-kick in the 85th minute, after the towering forward was nudged mid-air by Mathew Leckie and Iranian referee Alireza Faghani pointed to the spot.Mark Milligan's fizzing shot with the outside of his left boot tested Mahmoud al-Youssef on 19 minutes, while Soma provided Syria's chief threat at the other end.Leckie blasted over on 29 minutes before Soma twice set up Omar Khribin for opportunities that the in-form Al Hilal striker put wide of the Australian goal.
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