during the international friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Greece at ANZ Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney to host Socceros’ Asian play-off against Syria

The FFA has confirmed Australia will play its the second leg of its Asian Confederation play-off against Syria at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

The Socceroos will play the first leg against Syria in Malaysia, before travelling to Sydney for the second leg on Tuesday October 10.

“Stadium Australia has been a successful venue for us in the past. We’ve had some very special results there and I’m sure this will be another one,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.

“FFA has partnered with the NSW Government to bring this match to Sydney and I hope that everyone who can will get there and get behind our team.

“We are all disappointed that we did not achieve direct qualification from our group but we are confident we can still make it to Russia. It’s just a longer, harder road but we are focused on supporting Ange, his support staff and the playing group.

“We are experienced in the challenges of being on the road for away games but being at home brings our players in from the four corners of the globe and we expect it to be a big occasion for the football family and the nation.”

The winner of the Asian play-off will then play the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF confederation for a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

As it stands, with two games left to play in the qualification stage, the USA sit fourth in the group, one point behind third placed Panama and level on points with fifth placed Honduras.

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