Syria draws Australia in Asian play-off for 2018 World Cup

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The resilient Syria team salvaged 1-1 draw with Australia thanks with a late penalty in the first leg of Asian play-off for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday.

Syria host Australia in Malaysian city of Malacca where it had performed strongly in the previous round of Asian qualifiers.

Australia took the lead five minutes before the end of the first half when Mathew Leckie broke through the Syrian defence, helping Robbie Kruse to score for the Socceroos.

Australia failed to enlarge the lead when Tomi Juric's two successive strikes were denied by woodwork.

Syria was awarded a penalty when the game was drawing to the end, and Omar Al Soma converted the penalty to give Syria one point before the second leg on Tuesday in Australia.

Both Australia and Syria finished third in their respective group of the previous round of Asian qualifiers. The winner of the two-leg play-off sets to meet with the fourth-ranked side from CONCACAF in the Inter-Continental play-off for a ticket to Russia 2018. Enditem

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