Tom Rogic smashed dwelling an damage-time winner to earn defending champions Australia a three-2 win over Syria on Tuesday night and a spot within the knockout rounds of the Asian Cup.
The Celtic midfielder struck from 25 yards out to see off a decided Syrian facet in an incident-packed conflict, with victory guaranteeing the Socceroos advance to the spherical of 16 in second place in group B alongside Jordan.
Jordan, in the meantime, won the group after enjoying out a goalless draw with Palestine, leaving the Syrians backside of the group and out of the competitors.
“Tommy is essential to what we do with the ball,” stated Australia coach Graham Arnold.
“Numerous time we do not discover him when he is free, however while you get him free, and free him up, he can do something.
“He is a beautiful participant and a pleasure to coach.”
The Australians soaked up some early stress earlier than taking the lead within the 41st minute when Awer Mabil netted with a lovely curling strike from the sting of the realm that gave Ibrahim Alma no hope within the Syrian objective.
Australia’s lead, nevertheless, was to solely last two minutes as Mouaiad Al Ajaan scampered down the left flank to ship a cross to Omar Khrbin, who scored on the rebound after Mat Ryan saved his preliminary header from shut vary.
Chris Ikonomidis put the Australians again in entrance 9 minutes into the second half when his first-time shot was judged to have crossed the road by Mexican referee Cesar Ramos regardless of a determined tried clearance by Omro Al Midani.
Arnold’s workforce had additional success on the hour mark when the ball bounced up to hit Mark Milligan on the arm contained in the Australia penalty space, just for Ramos to wave away the Syrians’ protests.
Ramos, although, awarded the Syrians a penalty 10 minutes from time when Omar Al Soma went down within the field — apparently having been tripped by his personal participant — and the Al Ahli man transformed.
Rogic took issues into his personal arms three minutes into damage time, nevertheless, smashing dwelling his left-footed shot from 25 yards to give the Socceroos the factors and a spot within the subsequent spherical.