Socceroos feud: ‘Of course I was angry’

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 10:56:28 AM. AUSTRALIA has progressed through to a final World Cup 2018 playoff against Panama, Honduras or the United States of America after a nail-biting extra-time win over Syria on Tuesday night.

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Australia v Syria - 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff: Leg 2

AUSTRALIA has progressed through to a final World Cup 2018 playoff against Panama, Honduras or the United States of America after a nail-biting extra-time win over Syria on Tuesday night.

Australia will play away in the first leg on November 5 before hosting the fourth-ranked CONCACAF country on November 14.

Here are all the talking points from Tim Cahill’s two-goal masterclass.

MOOY AND ANGE PUSHED TO BREAKING POINT

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Lasting consequences. Source: Getty Images

ANGE Postecoglou has defended his decision to drop star Aaron Mooy to the bench, pointing to the 2-1 result as justification for his shock call.

He’s forgetting the consequences of his omission of the Huddersfield midfield maestro stretch far beyond the 120 minutes of Tuesday night’s second leg win over Syria.

Socceroos great Robbie Slater told Fox Sports after the game that Mooy is just as likely to be jaded by Postecoglou’s move than he is to feel motivated to cement his spot in the starting 11.

Slater has slammed Postecoglou’s decision as a pointless gamble that has the potential to cause irreversible damage to Mooy’s relationship with his national team manager.

“To drop your best player for this kind of game is a massive risk,” Slater told Fox Sports.

“It’s a mistake for the future with his (Postecoglou’s) relationship with Aaron Mooy.

“Aaron Mooy won’t be happy with it and it will definitely cause problems for the future.”

Mooy admitted after the game he was not happy about his demotion, despite Postecoglou appearing to cave on his tough stance of benching his key creator when Brad Smith was forced from the field after 10 minutes.

“You’ve just got to get on with it, I don’t make the decisions,” Mooy said.

“I have to try my best when I play. Of course I was angry I wasn’t playing but every player should be angry if they’re not.”

The Australian reports Mooy bristled when asked if Postecoglou’s move had stoked his motivational levels: “Not at all”.

Socceroos great Mark Bosnich said at half time that Postecoglou’s decision was made to look foolish after seeing the immediate improvement in the Aussie side after Mooy’s injection into the game.

“The irresponsibility of not picking him was laid bare,” he told Fox Sports.

“He did more in his first 10 minutes than anyone had done in that time.”

THE SENSATIONAL SAVIOUR

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Stop it. Source: Getty Images

IF IT wasn’t certain already, Tim Cahill has cemented his position as Australia’s greatest ever footballer after his heroics against Syria.

His two goals have been the focus of Australia’s jubilant reaction to winning through to a final playoff.

His 50th goal in a Socceroos jumper has seen him celebrated as a freak of football all over the world.

Ange Postecoglou saved special praise for Cahill’s stubborn determination to play on for the full 120 minutes despite his limited conditioning at the age of 37.

“He’s just a freak. I’d hazard to think when the last time he played 90 minutes was, let alone 120,’’ Postecoglou said.

“He’s just got real belief in himself, a real unique and extraordinary individual and he led from the front.

“I think Timmy would’ve belted me if I took him off. We haven’t flogged him, we’ve used him when we needed to.”

Cahill is also the envy of some of the biggest names in Australian sport across rival codes.

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