2018 FIFA WC QLF, AFC: Fourth Round Playoff

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  1. al ittihady

    al ittihady Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Club:
    Al Ittihad Jeddah
    Country:
    Saudi Arabia
    1-1 Game on
    Huge pressure on Australia now..Syria just need to score now to lead aggregate score..
     
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  2. edcalvi

    edcalvi Moderator
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    May 1, 2005
    Nevada
    Just started watching.
     
  3. ineedanewname

    ineedanewname Member

    May 16, 2007
    Iran Air
    Come on Syria this australia team got nothing , these fake Asian champs don't deserve to go the wc , Syria deserves it more than any team in the world.
     
  4. edcalvi

    edcalvi Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 1, 2005
    Nevada
    Australia got one... It might be over for Syria unfortunately.
     
  5. +PL+

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    #55 +PL+, Oct 10, 2017
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  6. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Tehran Iran
    Congratulations to both teams. Syria for showing enough grit and determination to take the game to 120 minutes of overtime and almost scoring in the last minute, which would have tied the match. And Australia for a deserved win in a game that they had dominated but had trouble putting away.
     
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  7. +PL+

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  8. edcalvi

    edcalvi Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 1, 2005
    Nevada
    Australia didn't look very convincing IMO. I think the playoff versus CONCACAF will be hard fought.

     
  9. +PL+

    +PL+ Member+

    Jun 22, 2015
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    Using a 38 year old man to bail you out of the misery, speaks volume. At least Australia is a better representative for AFC in play off and possibly WC. They need a little time to get their shit together.
     
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  10. al ittihady

    al ittihady Member

    Jan 5, 2009
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    Congrats..But continuing with same coach in WC will be disastrous I believe
     
  11. persianfootball

    persianfootball Member+

    Aug 5, 2004
    outside your realm
    this shows the importance of psychology in sport. just ask mourinho. he is no tactical genius, but a motivational mastermind. syria overachieved by being rmotivated and had an impressive run.

    australia is in terrible form, but panama/honduras are even worse. i expect australia to be at the WC. who knows, maybe they will step it up at the WC. that is what happened with mexico in 2014 qualifying they were worse than the likes of panama and honduras, but in the WC they stepped it up and gave netherlands a run for their money.
     
  12. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Country:
    Australia
    There is a strong rumour today that Ange will resign regardless of the next playoff result. Something is happening with him behind the scenes. He hasn't looked happy in any of his media appearances in a long time.
     
  13. persianfootball

    persianfootball Member+

    Aug 5, 2004
    outside your realm
    aussies can celebrate... they avoided USA. honduras it is. yall should pull through, although honduras is no cakewalk.
     
  14. rougou

    rougou Member+

    Dec 7, 2003
    Hyogo
    Club:
    AS Roma
    I dunno, maybe panama/honduras deserve a little more credit. I personally feel Honduras are the more dangerous team. Australia need someone other than Cahill to step it up.
     
  15. Gordon1995

    Gordon1995 Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Just curious, why did you guys suddenly switch to possession football and playing 3 in the back after the 2015 Asian Cup?
    You previous tactics were more successful imo, making use of your physicality and relying on crosses to score headers. Your current tactics are really not suitable imo, you guys have guys like Juric, etc. which are good in the air.
     
  16. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Country:
    Australia
    You know Cahill has only played 25% of game time in the final round of WC Qualifiers + Confed Cup, and only scored 13% of the goals. Tomi Juric has scored double the number of goals Cahill has in that same period.
    Of the past 23 goals scored by Australia in this round of qualifying + Confed Cup:
    Juric 6, Leckie 3, Jedinak 3, Cahill 3, Rogic 2 and 6 others with 1 each.
     
  17. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
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    Derby County FC
    Country:
    Australia
    No one really knows other than Ang. This style is about shaping the future of how football is played in Australia at all levels. It's what Ang aspires the whole country to play like, but it doesn't really suit the skills of the players in the team at the moment.
     
  18. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Country:
    United States
    Especially away from home. I remember Australia struggling in the jungle heat in AFC Cup 2007, or at least blaming it on that. San Pedro Sula is a brutal environment... something I don't think there's really an equivalent of in Asia. I think Australia also has a big disadvantage playing the 2nd leg at home. It means they have to fly all the way to Central America, and then all the way back - whereas Honduras only need to make the trip once as the majority of their players play locally or regionally.

    The good news for Australia is that this is probably the weakest Honduran side in about a decade. Australia will be the favorites; however, I can still smell an upset here.
     
  19. Gordon1995

    Gordon1995 Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Why do you guys want to play possession football? I think a more physical style like how the German NT play is more suitable imo.
    You guys should really utilize your physical advantage over Honduras imo, technically wise, I feel that they are better than Syria. Playing with 3 at the back and slowly building from the back won't be a good idea.
     
  20. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Country:
    Australia
    So you don't think our current tactics of passing it around at the back to draw out the other team, then passing the ball to one of them and letting them score are good for our long term future?
     
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  21. rougou

    rougou Member+

    Dec 7, 2003
    Hyogo
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Yeh I know he hasn't played much, but they still felt the need to start him in the most important match. That's what I mean.
     

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