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Australia through to last 16 after last-gasp win over Syria

An injury time long range effort from Tom Rogic was enough to seal Australia's place in the Round of 16 and eliminate Syria.

Australia's midfielder Chris Iknonomidis (3rd L) celebrates his goal with teammates during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group B football match between Australia and Syria at the Khalifa bin Zayed stadium in al-Ain on January 15, 2019. (Photo by Karim Sahib

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Five facts ahead of today's game:

- This will be the first encounter at the Asian Cup between Australia and Syria.
- Australia have conceded just 11 goals in 18 Asian Cup games, and only on one occasion have they let in more than one in a single game (3-1 defeat to Iraq in 2007).
- Syria have failed to score in two successive Asian Cup games. They have never a barren run of three consecutive matches in the competition.
- Omar Al Soma has scored the only two goals for Syria in their previous two competitive meetings with Australia, but he did not end on the winning team on either occasion (one loss, one draw).
- Syria are yet to score a goal in the 2019 Asian Cup, despite their players attempting the most shots in both of their matches so far; Al Soma had six efforts against Palestine, and Omar Khrbin had the same number of attempts against Jordan.

Pre-match press conference:

Australia coach Arnold: "It's all about mentality, it's all about attitude, it's all about going on the pitch knowing you're playing for your country, but also for your team-mates."

Syria coach Ibrahim: "There are no secrets in football, we have seen Australia and they saw us play, so it's down to getting the most out of your players."


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