Australia secured their win in the 13th minute of extra time.
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Omar al-Soma's free-kick crashed into the post with moments to go, ending war-torn Syria's World Cup hopes and allowing Tim Cahill's Australians to squeeze into the final playoff for a spot in Russia.The 37-year-old Cahill delivered again for Australia with both goals in a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win over Syria Tuesday that clinched the Asian playoff series 3-2 on aggregate.Syria's chances grew dramatically after they took a 1-0 lead in the return match after Soma's goal in the sixth minute, but Cahill's powerful headers in the 13th minute and in extra time secured Australia's place in a playoff next month against the fourth-place team from North and Central America.The outcome stunned millions of Syrians watching the broadcast, and some of the disconsolate players slumped to the ground.The Syrian team have been on a remarkable run despite being forced to play all their games in other countries. It took another incisive run from Cahill, powering home his 50th international goal from Robbie Kruse's cross to finally give Australia the edge, as he has so often has in an international career spanning 103 games.
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