MELAKA – Failure to get the second goal to put the game to bed cost Australia a valuable win when the Socceroos only managed a 1-1 draw against Syria in their first leg World Cup 2018 Qualifying Playoff at Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong here last night.
Australian Head Coach, Ange Postecoglou said all went according to plan when his boys managed to dominate and control the tempo of the game but blunt finishing with several shots hitting the goal post gave the chance for Syria to claw their way back in the game.
“I am obviously disappointed with the way the game finished, we were in control until around the 60th minute mark and had chances to kill the game off with a second goal but again we just could not.
“When we got to one nil (lead) we had the hope to get the second (goal). The boys played hard for the last 20 minutes but things got a little chaotic and they (Syria) got into the game,” he told a post-match press conference here, last night.
Australia, the strong favourite for the match, grabbed the lead when Robbie Kruse tapped in a neat finish in the 40th minute, but a penalty by Omar Alsoma in the 85th minute when he was brought down by Mathew Leckie erased the Aussie\’s lead…..