The game | What people said | What happened next
We won, but we didn't win, but we might eventually06 September 2017 | FT Editor
Where do we start? Again, there's really only one subject today and that's what we'll stick with. And, for a change, we'll
Australia v Thailand
- How Ray Gatt saw it: we won but we almost didn't
- Michael Lynch: we had lots of chances but couldn't make the most of them
- David Davutovic: we left it late to win
- Matt Windley: we won but only just
- Paul Connolly: a scraping win
- Jason Dasey: we were trying too hard
What people said
- In what has been described by some as an 'on-air rant', Mark Bosnich reflected the views of many fans - particularly the Twitterati - who believe Ange Postecoglou is, at best, on thin ice; at worst, should go. Read it, and about it, here.
- Ange, on the other hand, says his players have been 'magnificent'.
- Ange said he is also stunned that the performance didn't match the result - but, hey, isn't that often the way in football? That's why play-offs can be so unfair compared with a qualification series ....
What happened next
Everyone should know by now that Saudi Arabia beat Japan 1-0 in Jeddah, which sees them join Iran, Japan and South Korea for the four automatic qualifiying spots for the Asian Football Confederation. This puts Australia in the play-off spot v Syria and, if we get through that, a play-off spot against the fourth placed team in CONCACAF. It seems for most, this spells disaster, doom and gloom.
- AAP: 'World Cup gauntlet'
- Matt Bungard: 'Forced into play-off'
- Matt Windley: 'It just got a whole lot harder'
- Ray Gatt: 'Nightmare come true'
- Mike Ticher: 'Saudis take play-off spot'
The fact that we're up against war-torn Syria in the play-offs isn't just making news in Australian media outlets.
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