Mile Jedinak bags hat-trick as Australia seal World Cup spot

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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.

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.

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.

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

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's been a tough two-and-a-half years to get to this point but we did it".

Postecoglu's journey with the Socceroos is not over, he took over an ageing side in 2014 and revolutionised the national team by taking a squad full of youth and inexperience to the World Cup in Brazil, a move that was heavily criticised at the time.


It was the 22nd match of Australia's qualifying campaign and it remains to be seen if coach Ange Postecoglou will lead the squad to Russian Federation after he was reported in local media to be contemplating stepping down.

A hat-trick from captain Mile Jedinak in front of 77,060 fans at Stadium Australia was enough to see the Socceroos through, but it was not as straightforward as the score-line suggests.

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.

Australia, however, remained on the offensive as Cahill's looping header dropped onto the crossbar.

The Socceroos skipper clinched his treble with five minutes left when he slotted a second penalty past Donis Escober.

Elis completed the scoring when he prodded home from close range following a goal-mouth scramble from a Honduras corner.

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