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In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off

Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment Tuesday as their war-torn country's hopes of qualifying for its first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.

In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Omar Alsoma of Syria (kneeling-L) is congratulated by teammates as he celebrates scoring against Australia during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match played in Sydney on October 10, 2017.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Syria's Mouaiad Ajjan fights for the ball with Australia Mathew Leckie (R) during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match played in Sydney on October 10, 2017.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Syria's fan celebrate their first goal against Australia during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match in Sydney on October 10, 2017.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Australia's Tim Cahill heads a ball into Syria's goal post for a decisive goal in the second half of the extra time during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match in Sydney on October 10, 2017.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Trent Sainsbury of Australia (L) consoles Syrian Jehad Al Baour (2/L) after Australia defeated Syria in their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match played in Sydney on October 10, 2017.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Mahmoud Al Mawas of Syria is given a red card during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff match between the Australian Socceroos and Syria at ANZ Stadium on October 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Syrians react after their national team lost to Australia in the World Cup qualifying play-off football match as they gathered at the Umayyad Square in Damascus on October 10, 2017, where the match was being broadcast. After last week's 1-1 draw in Malaysia, Australia won 3-2 on aggregate to reach a final play-off against the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF federation, currently Panama.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Tim Cahill of Australia attempts a shot at goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff match between the Australian Socceroos and Syria at ANZ Stadium on October 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
Australia's Tim Cahill (R) fights for the ball with Syria's Mahmoud Almawas (L) as Australia defeats Syria in their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match played in Sydney on October 10, 2017.
In pictures: Australia defeated Syria in World Cup qualifying play-off
This picture taken on October 10, 2017 shows Australia's players looking back following a penalty kick by Syria during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match in Sydney.