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Added to qualification-sealing triumphs in 2005 (Uruguay), 2009 (Uzbekistan) and 2013 (Iraq) and it's quite clear: ANZ Stadium is where the good karma resides for a team historically devoid of it.

His arrival into the contest after 11 minutes thanks to Brad Smith's injury enlivened the green and gold, with his passing range engaging both wingbacks, his movement and interplay thriving with Tom Rogic and his workrate and industry the signs of a player determined to prove a point. "The players showed tremendous character".

This 180 minutes did not parlay into confirmation that Australia is World Cup-bound. Postecoglou said. "He's got real belief in himself".

The Socceroos promptly retaliated via an impressive passage, as Rogic broke and released Leckie with a weighted pass down the right.

But for a matter of inches, it could have been Syria striker al-Soma getting all the accolades.

"Beyond that, should we qualify, there is a period of some months until the World Cup and we agreed that we will need to lock in our set-up as soon as possible to maximize our preparation time", Gallop said.

However, it didn't take long for Australia to level the scores, Cahill finding the net on the end of Matthew Leckie's cross to head home.

The crowd burst into victorious chants and celebrations. There was no repeat of the dreaded 2-2 of 20 years back.

He's been aching to reach the 100 game-50 goal quinella and what a time to do it. To bow out at the first play-off would have been catastrophic for his legacy; nobody knows that more than him.

There's no doubt, though, that the team's progress was closely followed, with cafes crowded and schools and universities closed to allow students to watch the broadcast of the game far away in Australia.

Very intriguing affair with so much at stake.

"It's going to be difficult in the next round". The players followed instruction very, very well.

The Socceroos boss was critical of his side's crossing, and also lamented another soft goal that changed the entire tide of the game.

His departure would leave an enticing World Cup coaching spot free if Australia make it past their next opponent, from CONCACAF - either the US, Panama or Honduras. I don't take it for granted.

It kicked off at 10am (8pm local).

"Smithy unfortunately got injured and we had to make a change but that's the beauty of having depth in the squad you can throw someone like Aaron on".

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