Australia qualifies for 2018 World Cup with playoff win over Honduras

Socceroos World Cup Qualifier Against Honduras Officially Sold Out

Socceroos World Cup Qualifier Against Honduras Officially Sold Out

The former Everton forward played 66 minutes in Australia's crucial 3-1 play-off win against Honduras on Wednesday, helping his country to book their place in Russian Federation next year, having been left on the bench for the first leg in San Pedro Sula due to an ankle injury.

The Socceroos had been held to a goalless draw in the first leg in San Pedro Sula last week however skipper Jedinak had other ideas grabbing a brace in Sydney to secure the Socceroos ticket to Russian Federation 2018. In the 58th minute of the Socceroos World Cup qualifer against Honduras, Tim Cahill showed why he is so special.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has never been one to stick by a settled first team.

But they want the chance to play alongside the likes of Trent Sainsbury, Robbie Kruse, Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic in Russian Federation.

"We're ready. I like what I see", he said.

"That's got to be their motivation, for them and the next group of lads coming through".

Even Postecoglou's critics have praised the Socceroos' showing in Honduras, where Australia was unlucky not to score in a 0-0 draw.

"We got the job done and that's all that matters - it's going to be a big 2018", he said.

Maynor Figueroa bundled in late on, but it was too late for the visitors. "We knew it was always going to be a hard qualifying campaign but this makes it very, very special".

The Aston Villa man let rip, the shot taking a wicked deflection off Henry Figueroa - who was credited with an own goal - totally wrong-footing goalkeeper Donis Escober.

Honduras earned its place in the playoff with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the USA missed out.

Cahill was involved when Australia edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year's World Cup in Germany.

Seriously impressive stuff from the 38-year-old. "I am indebted to this country for allowing me to follow my dreams".

"I feel like a young kid".

"I would've done anything to be part of this group and I will do anything to stay a part of it".

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