Syria score late penalty for 1-1 draw with Australia
Syria kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time with a 1-1 draw against Australia in Malacca, Malaysia on Thursday.
A late penalty by Syria's Omar al-Soma cancelled out a first half goal by Australia's Robbie Kruse in the first leg of the Asian qualifying round play-off.
Kruse scored from close range on his 29th birthday five minutes before the break, while al-Soma converted from the spot five minutes from time after being impeded in the area by Mathew Leckie.
The first leg was held in Malaysia due to the six-year civil war in Syria.
The return leg is in Sydney on Tuesday. The winner over the two legs will face the fourth-placed team from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifying group.