Socceroos player ratings: Cahill sets the bar

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Ange Postecoglou will be thankful of the result but knows he has to get more from his players to finally book Australia’s place in Russia 2018, never mind making a mark at the finals.

But for now, we can enjoy the victory. Find out who starred and who stumbled in our player ratings.

RELIEF: Cahill Australia’s saviour yet again

ANALYSIS: Fate wouldn’t bench Mooy

Other than then opener, Ryan was rarely troubled on the night. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Other than then opener, Ryan was rarely troubled on the night. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)Source:AP

MATY RYAN — 7

Pulled off some serious saves and distributed the ball as well as he ever does.

TRENT SAINSBURY — 7

It was a tough toil, but Sainsbury did well to snuff out most of the threat at the heart of the Socceroos three-man defence.

MATTHEW JURMAN — 8

Hard to believe this was just his second Socceroos appearance. Jurman was key at the back.

MILOS DEGENEK — 7

Was tidy at the back along with Sainsbury and Jurman.

BRAD SMITH — 5

Limped off injured inside the opening 10 minutes, but that allowed Mooy to come on.

It was Milligan’s error that let Syria in so quickly. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

It was Milligan’s error that let Syria in so quickly. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

MARK MILLIGAN — 7

Gave the ball away that led to Syria’s goal, but was solid in the midfield after that.

JAMES TROISI — 7

Good in parts, but faded a bit until he was replaced by Rukavytsya.

TOM ROGIC — 8

Probably one of his best performances in a Socceroos shirt. Rogic and Mooy are becoming a formidable pairing.

ROBBIE KRUSE — 6

Flattered to deceive on the night.

Leckie’s energy and crossing was crucial for Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Leckie’s energy and crossing was crucial for Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

MATHEW LECKIE — 8

Put in a superb cross for Cahill’s goal and worked his socks off down the left.

TIM CAHILL — 10

He’s there to score and score he did. He also played 120 minutes, which is not bad for a 37-year-old. Give that man a Knighthood.

AARON MOOY — 8

It took 10 minutes before we saw him and, given his showing, you have to wonder why it took so long. Pulled virtually all the strings in attack.

NIKITA RUKAVYTSYA — 6

Introduced in the second half and had a golden chance to put the Socceroos ahead in extra time, but Syria’s goalkeeper pulled off a point-blank save.

TOMI JURIC — 6

Came on for Rogic at the start of extra time, but didn’t get many opportunities.

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