Firas Al Khatib believes that Syria's Road to Russian Federation came to an end because they were unable to beat Australia in the first leg of the Asian Play-offs after a 2-1 defeat in Tuesday's second leg saw the Socceroos advance to the FIFA World Cup Inter-Continental Play-off following a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
Tim Cahill headed in a goal, his second, in extra time to put Australia past Syria, 2-1, in the second leg of their fifth-place AFC playoff.
Syria coach Ayman al-Hakim was full of praise for his team, which finished with 10 men after Mahmoud Almawas was sent off in the fourth minute of extra time after picking up a second yellow card.
Australia ended Syria's World Cup dream tonight after scoring an extra-time victor to secure a final play-off place for Russian Federation 2018.
"It doesn't matter who we play next".
Syrian revolutionary flags were banned and a pro-revolution banner was confiscated at the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Russia play-off match between Syria and Australia on Tuesday. "Over the last two games - the Thailand game and the other night - he probably could be in double-digit worldwide goals already in his career".
Is the Australia vs Syria game online? Eventually that goal came and it was that man again Cahill who was in the right place at the right time.
Calmed by their equaliser, Australia began to dictate the play and looked the most likely to score the third goal, with Leckie denied by goalkeeper Alma and Tom Rogic firing narrowly wide of the right-hand post.
Australia was dominant by a mile as they controlled more than 75% of the ball possession and completed at least 4 times more passes than Syria.
With penalties on the horizon, Syria seemed desperate to hold on.
With one fixture left to fulfil, that'll either be Panama, Honduras or the United States.
The only logical explanation for Mooy's omission could be the switch to a single holding midfielder in the starting XI, and Mark Milligan was given the nod in this role due to his defensive strengths.
Australia lost Brad Smith to injury, bringing dropped midfielder Aaron Mooy on to the pitch, but the Asian champions were back on terms in 13th minute.
Prior to the game, Syrian and Australian fans gathered outside the ground where supporters were photographed jovially mixing and some placed small Australian flags on a larger Syrian flag in an apparent show of support for the country.