Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

All eyes were on Australian talisman Tim Cahill at Stadium Australia, but it was his captain Mile Jedinak who provided the inspiration, and the goals, needed to secure the Socceroos' World Cup qualification.

Maynor Figueroa pulled a goal back in the fourth minute of stoppage time, scrambling home from a corner, but it was of little consolation to a Honduras side who will watch from the sidelines as Australia take on the world at Russian Federation 2018.

The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year's World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.

"It's overwhelming to be honest".

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos "did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there".

"I'm delighted for everyone - the players, the staff and the organisation".

The game unravelled for the central Americans with the Socceroos scoring three times in the last 36 minutes stadium after a scoreless first half.

Tom Rogic Australia v Honduras celebration

Apart from a Tom Rogic shot straight at goalkeeper Donis Escober, Aaron Mooy's set-piece deliveries provided Australia's main threat but Honduras survived reasonably comfortably until the break.

Jedinak broke the deadlock with a 54th minute free-kick in the 54th minute with the help of a huge deflection off Honduras substitute Henry Escobar.

He helped the Socceroos to control the game and possession throughout the match, but they struggled to create anything of note in the first half with Cahill having to drop deep at times to get involved.

However, it was Jedinak's deflected free-kick early in the second half which changed the complexion of the tie, just when the Hondurans had begun to push on in search of an invaluable away goal.

Cahill's night was over after 66 minutes, replaced by striker Tomi Juric to a standing ovation from the home crowd in salute to his courageous fightback from a recent ankle injury.

The second goal did come in the 72nd minute, however, when a low cross grazed the hand and foot of Bryan Acosta inside the area and Jedinak's powerful spot kick to the left proved too strong for Escober's outstretched fingers.

Jedinak stepped up and rammed home the spot-kick - his 17th goal in his 73rd worldwide - and Australia were two-up with 18 minutes left.

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