Australia Must Improve Against Syria in the World Cup Qualifying Playoff Second Leg
Australia put in a below-par performance during their crucial World Cup Qualifying Asian Round Playoff match against Syria and have plenty to improve upon when the sides meet for the second leg on October 10.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw, leaving the tie wide open ahead of a pulsating second leg at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Ange Postecoglu will be buoyed by the fact that Australia have a great home record in qualifiers, which has included victories over Saudi Arabia, Iraq and a 1-1 draw against Japan, but he knows his side can’t afford to get complacent against the minnows. Online Australian bookmakers have the hosts priced up as short-priced favourites for this tie, but they will need to be far more clinical during the second meeting if they are to justify those odds.
The away goal opens up the possibility of a goalless draw being enough to send Australia through to the final qualification round; however, playing for a stalemate is always a dangerous game and it could come back to haunt them. Postecoglu is unlikely to make too many changes for the second leg and is well aware of the magnitude of this task.
Syria only got back into the game following a disputed penalty claim and the Socceroos’ defence held firm for the majority of the match despite coming under pressure late on. Postecoglu’s men did create chances throughout but it proved a frustrating 90 minutes in Malaysia and the experienced coach must ensure there remains plenty of positivity in the camp ahead of this tie.
The winner of this match will face either Honduras, Panama or the USA from the CONCACAF qualifying group for a place at Russia 2018.
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