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Australia beat Honduras to qualify for Russia World Cup

15 November, 2017, 14:20 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Ange Postecoglou Mile Jedinak Australia v Honduras

There was nothing to separate the two sides in the first half, with both sets of attacks spurning the limited opportunities afforded to them by the two stingy defences.

Australia make the breakthrough eight minutes into the second half when Jedinak's free-kick from just outside the penalty area took a massive deflection off substitute Henry Figueroa to beat a wrong-footed Escober.

Again, it was from the spot after a clear foul by Jerry Palacios on Robbie Kruse, with Jedinak outfoxing Escober on this occasion with a penalty drilled straight down the middle.

Captain Mile Jedinak scored a second half hat-trick to put the Socceroos on course for a 3-1 aggregate victory after the first leg in San Pedro Sula last week finished goalless.

Australia beat Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Honduras had complained of "espionage" in the build-up to the second leg, posting social media footage of an apparent drone flying above the stadium at a training session.

Tom Rogic Australia v Honduras celebration

However, Jedinak sealed the deal for the Australians with his second-half treble, with a last-gasp goal providing Honduras with scant consolation.

There was little doubt about his importance before these games, but with his performances against Honduras in this play-offs, he solidified himself as one of the great Australian captains. But the immediate intrigue surrounds coach Ange Postecoglou's future.

Australia become the 31st country out of 32 nations to qualify for Russian Federation 2018.

"We'll just see what happens tomorrow, mate".

Cahill then sent a looping header against the face of the crossbar before Australia doubled their lead from the penalty spot with 18 minutes remaining.

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