Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australia beat Honduras to qualify for Russia World Cup

Australia beat Honduras to qualify for Russia World Cup

Cahill paid credit to coach Ange Postecoglou, who has persevered with transitioning Australia from their traditional physical nature to a more ball-playing style.

Australia reached their fifth World Cup after beating Honduras 3-1 in Sydney courtesy of a decisive performance from captain Mile Jedinak.

"When the boss told me four years ago about what we were going to do and the journey, I believed him", said Cahill.

"It's just overwhelming I guess", Postecoglou said of his emotions around finally securing a spot in Russian Federation. "I thought we were really solid defensively".

"We tried to create chances but we were not able to".

The nervous wait for an opening goal ended seven minutes into the second half when Rogic finally put together one of his trademark mazy runs and was brought down on the edge of the penalty box. "They did it their way, and got great rewards for it". Honduras "will find it hard to keep up with us".

"They're overlooking the match".

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The veteran striker broke free and forced Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan to pull off a sharp save.

Australia's resounding victory, on the back of a goalless draw in the first leg of the sides' CONCACAF/AFC Play-off second leg, takes the team to a fourth successive World Cup. The home-and-away series ended 3-1 with Honduras scoring in injury time in Sydney, well after the 77,060-strong crowd at Sydney's Olympic stadium started the celebrations. "We always thought we could get the job done", said Rogic.

Juric fired wide of the target midway through the first half when he had only the Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escobar to beat, then the center-forward let another golden opportunity go begging early in the second term when he directed Josh Risdon's perfectly-weighted cross straight at Escobar from close-range, who tipped it over the bar.

"It's a bit hard to describe, it's unreal", Jedinak said in a post-match interview.

And the midfielder claimed a second penalty late on when Robbie Kruse was brought down by Palacios, with Jedinak slotting home to secure Australia's place at the World Cup finals in Russian Federation. 'I need game time'.

"In this World Cup qualifying campaign, we've had to deal with that a lot and tonight was no different".

Honduras is aiming to make a third straight appearance at the sport's marquee tournament.

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