After a goalless draw on Saturday in Honduras the Socceroos knew a win of any kind would be enough to send them to a fourth consecutive World Cup while any Honduran goal would make their assignment all the more difficult after failing to score an away goal on Saturday. Yet the 77'061 sellout crowd turned the Olympic venue into Australia's cauldron as Honduras rarely threatened the Australian back three.
After a largely uneventful first half it was Mile Jedinak who opened the scoring after 53 minutes when he belted in a free kick from 19 yards out, the ball took a deflection from Honduran captain Henry Figueroa and into the net. The goal was originally credited as an own goal but was later reversed into a goal for Jedinak.
The Socceroos would get the vital second goal from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Bryan Acosta was deemed to have handled the box. Mile Jedinak would step up from the spot and put the ball past the keeper to send the sold out crowd into raptures.
Jedinak would complete his hat trick five minutes from full time after Robbie Kruse was tackled from behind inside the box. Jedinak tucked away the ensuring penalty and the Socceroos 29 month qualifying mission was complete.
Alberth Elis headed home a corner for Honduras in the final seconds of the game to give Honduras a small piece of consulation, but nobody in the crowd cared one jot as from the resulting kick off the referee blew the full time whistle and the celebrations could officially begin.
After taking the long way round the Socceroos 5th World Cup appearance next winter was confirmed.
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