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  • Syria 1-1 Australia
  • Al Somah’s late penalty salvages draw

On the brink of elimination against Iran in the final group match last month, Omar Al Somah’s injury-time equalizer sent the Syrians through to a two-legged playoff against Australia.

That phenomenal spirit was very much in evidence in Thursday’s first leg — played in Malaysia due to the ongoing civil war in Syria — to ensure the “Qasioun Eagles” now travel to Australia with serious hopes of reaching a first ever World Cup.

Star striker Al Somah again came to Syria’s rescue, this time scoring an 85th-minute penalty to cancel out Robbie Kruse’s first half goal to ensure that everything is still to play for in Tuesday’s second leg in Sydney.

More to follow.

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