Australia reach fourth World Cup in a row

Australia beat Honduras 3-1 to qualify for World Cup soccer

Australia beat Honduras 3-1 to qualify for World Cup soccer

At that point there was little doubt though over the result of the match, and despite conceding a goal with the last kick of the game, the Socceroos emerged victorious and have booked their place in the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

Maynor Figueroa found a scrappy reply in injury time but it was not enough for Honduras. - Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak.

Australia had missed out on automatic qualification for next summer's finals after finishing behind Asian Football Confederation rivals Japan and Saudi Arabia, and so went into a regional play-off where they ended Syria's hopes of advancing further towards Russian Federation.

Following a 0-0 draw from the first leg of their intercontinental play-off, Australia, who came through the Asian qualifying process, saw off Honduras, who came fourth in the Concacaf group, courtesy of three goals from dead-ball situations from Jedinak.

Australia had veteran midfielder Tim Cahill fit following an ankle problem, while Hertha Berlin winger Mathew Leckie returned from suspension.

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Honduras goalkeeper Escober had to be alert as Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy sent the ball into the penalty area towards Cahill, with Leckie looking to capitalise on the rebound.

The game was broken wide open after the interval though, when a Mile Jedinak free-kick was deflected into the back of the net by Henry Figueroa in the 53rd minute to put Ange Postecoglou's men ahead. It is 0-0 after the first leg.

His presence was felt immediately - the 3-4-2-1 formation that has been so heavily maligned looked more than functional, and Australia managed to prevent Honduras from scoring a goal in front of their raucous crowd.

The 77,060 crowd had barely retaken their seats when Cahill nearly doubled the lead with a header from the edge of the penalty area that landed on Escober's crossbar.

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.

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