Preview - Australia vs Honduras 15 Nov

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Australia vs Honduras

Both countries have engaged in a ferocious verbal spat, and it intensified when Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto accused Australia of spying on them.

"Let's not be innoncent, it's espionage in football," Pinto fumed.

"It just takes some of the merit away from the fair play and the sporting event that will be held."

"It is embarrassing for such an advanced country."

It has been a long and winding road for Ange Postecoglou's Australia team since their qualifying campaign began in Kyrgyzstan back in June 2015.

Since that 2-1 win, they have played in Tajikistan, Jordan, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Iran, Japan, Malaysia and, most recently, Honduras, as they criss-crossed the globe.

Add in the home fixtures and they will have played 22 matches in total, but the end is in sight. Just one goal could be enough to earn qualification for a fourth successive World Cup. The first leg had ended goalless.

Australia's 37-year-old veteran striker Tim Cahill has shaken off an ankle injury and will be available for playing action in this second leg.

Honduras, meanwhile, are hoping for the crucial away goal that will take them to their third consecutive World Cup finals and fourth overall.

They finished fourth in the North American qualifying group, but that was only enough to eliminate the United States.

Honduras were second best in the first leg in San Pedro Sula last Friday and their passionate fans, who filled the stadium 90 minutes before kick-off, couldn't inspire them to an advantage.

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Nov 18, 2017, 12:32 AM Last Edit: Nov 18, 2017, 12:35 AM by Bensergi
Match Stats:

  • Australia 3-1 Honduras
  • Shots: 13-8
  • Possession: 62%-38%
  • Corner kicks: 5-1


Australia qualified for their fourth successive World Cup by beating a physical Honduras 3-1 at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

After a goalless first leg, Aston Villa player Mile Jedinak's 53rd-minute free-kick took a decisive deflection off Henry Figueroa to break the deadlock.

Jedinak then drilled in penalties after a handball by Bryan Acosta and foul by Johnny Palacios to seal victory.

Maynor Figueroa bundled in late on, but it was too late for the visitors.

The match was played in front of 76,080 fans at Stadium Australia, but the atmosphere was tense as the Socceroos initially struggled to break down their deep-lying opponents and Tommy Rogic screwed a shot wide from their best opening.

With the away goals rule in effect, Australia were still vulnerable after their opener, but two clear penalties gave them breathing space long before the final whistle.

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