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Luongo's Australia through to final WC play-off

MASSIMO Luongo’s Australia are through to the next round of FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification following an extra-time win against Syria.

Tim Cahill’s winner in the 109th minute of extra-time was enough to set-up a final play-off against a side from the CONCACAF region.

The Socceroos will take on one of USA, Honduras or Panama over two legs in November with the winner earning the right the World Cup Finals in Russia next year.

Australia made hard work of their win, having also drawn the first leg 1-1 in Malaysia last week, as they were forced to come from behind in Sydney.

Al Soma handed the Syrians the lead after just six minutes before Tim Cahill equalised in the 13th minute.

However, the Aussies were unable to find a winner in normal time - despite Syria being reduced to ten men in stoppage time - before Cahill scored his second header of the match to put Australia through.

QPR midfielder Luongo was an unused substitute at the ANZ Stadium.