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

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The Socceroos captain scored a brace of penalties after seeing an earlier free-kick deflected in off the luckless Henry Figueroa to spark jubilant scenes in Sydney.

Mile Jedinak of Australia celebrates scoring a goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Leg 2 match between the Australian Socceroos and Honduras.

A 0-0 first leg in front of a hostile Honduras crowd last Saturday put the pressure on the Australians, and it was a nervy first half as they probed the opposition defence to find the breakthrough.

Despite going behind, they knew an away goal without reply would take them through if they denied Australia any more goals.

Honduras were finally forced to chase the game but Australia pulled further clear when Jedinak put his second penalty into the opposite corner after Robbie Kruse had been brought down by Johnny Palacios five minutes from time.

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However, Jedinak sealed the deal for the Australians with his second-half treble, with a last-gasp goal providing Honduras with scant consolation.

While the Socceroos have qualified for the World Cup, Ange Postecoglu's job is not done just yet.

If he were to exit, it would leave a sour taste in everyone's mouth, and may tarnish his legacy, despite him being the first coach to lead Australia to a major tournament win.

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.

Cahill then sent a looping header against the face of the crossbar before Australia doubled their lead from the penalty spot with 18 minutes remaining.

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