Caltex Socceroos wing-back Aziz Behich insists the side remains focused despite a controversial late penalty that gifted Syria a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying clash.
Omar Al Soma equalised from the spot in the 85th minute after Mat Leckie was adjudged to have impeded the attacker inside the box.
"It was a pity the penalty was given. Other than that I thought they had half chances and we defended well in our box," Behich told Fox Sports.
"The referee made a decision and we just have to go with it and put it behind us.
"We've got another game in five days and we just have to focus on that."
A regular for Turkish club Bursaspor, Behich completed 90 minutes in sapping conditions and proved a valuable addition when he headed a goal-bound free-kick off the line in the second half.
While he felt Australia did enough to take victory back to Sydney, the 26-year-old remains confident of winning through to the intercontinental playoffs.
"We did want the win. I thought we played well, we went up 1-0 and we had a few chances as well to finish the game," he said.
"It wasn't to be but there are a lot of positives to take out of tonight.
"We are going to go home and hopefully finish it off there."
Van Marwijk: Socceroos must create more chances against Denmark
Bert van Marwijk says a repeat of the performance against France is the bare minimum for the Socceroos as they look to keep their FIFA World Cup™ hopes alive against Denmark on Thursday night (AEST). Australia takes on Denmark at 10pm on Thursday in Samara – live on SBS and Op
Press conference: van Marwijk and Behich talk ahead of Socceroos v Denmark
Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk and Aziz Behich have fronted the official pre-match press conference ahead of Australia’s crucial Group C clash against Denmark in Samara on Thursday night (AEST). After a first-up loss to France on the weekend, the Socceroos will be chasing all
UPDATE: 2018 FIFA World Cup™ broadcast details
Optus has announced that all the remaining group matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will now also be simulcast on free-to-air TV on SBS. The decision was announced on Wednesday afternoon as the Telco deals with issues surrounding their service, including dropouts and other fa