AL AIN, UAE Ė A last-minute strike by midfielder Tomas Rogic secured Australia on Tuesday a place in the Asian Cupís second phase by beating Syria 3-2 in their last group stage contest, alongside Jordan, which qualified as the Group B winner after a 0-0 tie versus Palestine.
Midfielder Omar Khrbin and forward Omar Al Soma scored for Syria in minutes 43 and 80, respectively, while midfielders Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis netted Australiaís first two goals in the 41st and 54th minutes, respectively.
The win ensured Australia Group Bís second spot with six points, one point behind leader Jordan, while Syriaís participation in the 2019 Asian Cup came to an end finishing last in Group B with just one point.
Palestine, meanwhile, held the third spot with two points, and is to wait and see the results of the remaining group-stage last-round matches.
Four third-placed teams with the highest scores across all six groups in the competition will also proceed into the next round.