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Bailey Wright's Australia end Syria World Cup dream

Australia have qualified to face USA, Panama or Honduras in a FIFA World Cup play-off final.

Bailey Wright's Australia are just two games away from a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after a 3-2 aggregate win against Syria.

Two headers from Tim Cahill cancelled out an early Omar Al Somah strike in the second leg as the Socceroos won 2-1 in Sydney. The national sides drew 1-1 in last Friday's tie.

Cahill's brace included his 50th international goal. He became the 59th player to achieve this feat - the first to do so for the Socceroos.

Syria did come close to stealing a shock win when Al Somah's free kick struck the post, just minutes from the end.

The result ends Syria's World Cup dream and sets up a two-legged play-off final for Australia against the side who finish fourth in the Concacaf group.

These matches are expected to be played between November 6th-14th.

Wright did not feature in Tuesday's victory after he was ruled out through injury. The City skipper had also been suspended for the first leg play-off with Syria.

He will return to Bristol with City's next fixture at home to Burton Albion on Friday, October 13th (7.45pm). 

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On Monday night, Hordur Magnusson helped Iceland secure a spot at next year's World Cup and Callum O'Dowda's Republic of Ireland beat Wales to keep their World Cup finals dream alive.

City have only ever had one player feature in a World Cup when Luke Wilkshire represented Australia in 2006 whilst he was still on the books at Ashton Gate.