Socceroos counting on packed Stadium Australia to take them through

Sydney: Australia will face Syria in a make or break match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Continental Play-off at Stadium Australia in Sydney on October 10.

The Socceroos will play away in the first leg of the Continental Play-off which will occur five days earlier.

The winners of the Play-off will then face the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF region in a two-legged home and away series in November for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Should Australia defeat Syria, they will also play the home match of the Intercontinental Play-off at Stadium Australia.

Despite beating Thailand 2-1 on Tuesday, Australia finished third in Group B of the Asian Qualifiers as Saudi Arabia clinched the automatic spot ahead of them on superior goal difference. Syria finished third in Group after holding Islamic Republic of Iran 2-2 in their final tie on Tuesday. 

Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO David Gallop, said a big crowd could make the difference.

“Stadium Australia has been a successful venue for us in the past.  We’ve had some very special results there and I’m sure this will be another one,” he said.

“FFA has partnered with the NSW Government to bring this match to Sydney and I hope that everyone who can will get there and get behind our team.

“We are all disappointed that we did not achieve direct qualification from our group but we are confident we can still make it to Russia. It’s just a longer, harder road but we are focused on supporting coach Ange (Postecoglou), his support staff and the playing group.

“We are experienced in the challenges of being on the road for away games but being at home brings our players in from the four corners of the globe and we expect it to be a big occasion for the football family and the nation.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said: “The NSW Government is proud to be supporting this hugely important event and bring it to Sydney’s Stadium Australia. I encourage every football fan to secure their tickets, make it a memorable night and show their support for the Socceroos in Sydney.”

Photos: Lagardère Sports

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