Australia draw 1-1 with Syria in the first leg of their World Cup playoff but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says his team failed to make their dominance count.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS A WHITE FLASH TO SEPARATE SOUNDBITES SHOWS: MALACCA, MALAYSIA (OCTOBER 5, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA COACH, ANGE POSTECOGLOU, SAYING: "Yes, we were really in good shape, dominating, but we need a second goal because whenever you play away from home the opposition are always going to come at you at a certain point and we didn't get the second goal but as I said I still thought we defended really strongly and it was just disappointing to concede like we did." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA COACH, ANGE POSTECOGLOU, SAYING: "We will do our usual processes of reviewing the game and giving them the feedback. Overall I think, from my perspective anyway, for the most part we did a really good job but we are in a difficult place in difficult conditions and you know we didn't quite get the ultimate or the ideal result but we still got a good result going back home." STORY: Syria striker Omar Al Somah blasted home an 85th-minute penalty to keep their World Cup dream alive as the side from the war-torn country battled back to earn a 1-1 draw against Australia in the first leg of their Asian confederation playoff on Thursday (October 5). Forced to play their home matches in Malaysia due to security concerns, Syria had fallen behind when Robbie Kruse tapped in from close range in the first half but the underdogs refused to buckle to their vastly more experienced opponents. After looking second best for the first hour, Syria threw caution to the wind as the match progressed and were rewarded for their industry with a result that will give them confidence ahead of next week's second leg in Sydney. The winner of the tie advances to a two-legged inter-continental playoff against the fourth-placed side from the CONCACAF region next month with a berth at next year's World Cup finals in Russia awaiting the victors.