Who will Australia have to beat to get into the FIFA World Cup?

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    Australia’s inter-confederation playoff opponent has been determined in the final games of CONCACAF qualification on Wednesday morning (AEDT), with Honduras being the team to beat if the Socceroos want to get to the World Cup.

    While the United States of America were favourites to pick up a direct qualification spot, they choked on the big stage, losing 2-1 to the bottom-placed Trinidad and Tobago.

    Panama meanwhile, locked up third spot in the group with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica, while Honduras picked up a 3-2 win over Mexico to lock up fourth spot and the right to fight against the Socceroos for a spot on the grandest stage of them all.

    Heading into the final day of CONCACAF qualification, the USA were expected to waltz into third spot, the final which entitled a direct qualification.

    They simply needed to draw against Trinidad and Tobago, given they were on twelve points with a goal difference of five, against Panama and Honduras who both were on ten points with goal differences of -2 and -7 respectively.

    The USA made a mess of their opportunity though. The Carribean nation had won just one of their previous nine games, scoring five goals across the qualification window, but they put two past the USA who were unable to answer.

    Meanwhile, results went against them. Honduras clinched a 3-2 victory with seven minutes of injury time over the table-topping Mexico to move to 13 points, while Panama also moved to 13 with an 88th-minute goal sealing the deal against Costa Rica.

    The first leg of the inter-confederation play-off will be held in Honduras on November 10 – Saturday, November 11 (AEDT).

    The second leg will then be played at ANZ Stadium in Homebush on Wednesday, November 15 with the winner advancing to the FIFA World Cup.

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    • October 11th 2017 @ 1:47pm
      KJ said | October 11th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

      Drama!

    • October 11th 2017 @ 2:45pm
      Al said | October 11th 2017 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

      At least the US have the handegg finals to look forward to where they’re the “world” champions at playing with themselves.

    • October 11th 2017 @ 2:46pm
      mattq said | October 11th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

      it’s not “into”. We’re already part of the World Cup. We’re attempting to qualify for the World Cup Finals. We’ve had this discussion previously.

      • October 12th 2017 @ 5:58am
        NaBUru38 said | October 12th 2017 @ 5:58am | ! Report

        Well, I disagree. World Cup qualifiers serve to qualify to the World Cup.

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      October 11th 2017 @ 3:44pm
      spruce moose said | October 11th 2017 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

      As I said in another post on a different article, FFA need to right now:

      1. Book every commercial trans-pacific business class ticket from November 7 to November 8/9, and make sure that they are given to friends, family, key staff – whoever. Just make sure it is full. If possible, the target should be to get Honduras to stop twice (Santiago and Auckland).
      2. Charter an a330 for a direct flight to San Pedro Sula. It will save at least 9 hours in travel, and ensure maximum rest and recovery each way.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 4:27pm
        Redsback said | October 11th 2017 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

        Agree. It needs to be treated like the Uruguay game from 2005. A chartered flight from Honduras is essential. The thing is, it will be difficult to book out all business class options. They could fly through Mexico, LA, Dallas or Santiago.

        You really have to ask yourself why the FFA chose to play both our home matches in Sydney, which is our most accessible city. Surely Melbourne, which would limit their flight options or add an annoying additional leg to their flight would have been a better option. It might have resulted in 30-40000 people going last night it they knew that they couldn’t just rock up to the “real” final in Sydney in a month’s time. Poor planning. Frankly, knowing that we were going to be playing a North American team, the logical place to play our next game would be Perth.

        Will be interesting where the team is going to be based before the game. The Uruguay experience should teach us that staying in country is not a great idea. I would think maximum 1 night there and spend the build up in Mexico.

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      October 11th 2017 @ 3:44pm
      spruce moose said | October 11th 2017 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

      As I said in another post on a different article, FFA need to right now:

      1. Book every commercial trans-pacific business class ticket from November 7 to November 8/9, and make sure that they are given to friends, family, key staff – whoever. Just make sure it is full. If possible, the target should be to get Honduras to stop twice (Santiago and Auckland).
      2. Charter an a330 for a direct flight to San Pedro Sula. It will save at least 9 hours in travel, and ensure maximum rest and recovery each way.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 3:56pm
        Nemesis said | October 11th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

        What’s to stop Honduras chartering a flight for their team and doing exactly what you suggest AUS should do?

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          October 11th 2017 @ 4:14pm
          spruce moose said | October 11th 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

          1. Availability. Honduras doesn’t have an airline with a plane that can make the distance in one hit. Therefore, without a national carrier equipped, or even one sponsoring their national team, it would make a charter exceptionally expensive.
          2. Even if they did, few business class products can match what Qantas put in the skies on the a330. Whatever Honduras could charter would be significantly inferior to Qantas.
          3. Pocket depth. Honduras doesn’t have the money to go to the same lengths as Australia.

          What we did against Uruguay (themselves significantly more cashed up than Honduras) was a decisive advantage.

          • October 11th 2017 @ 4:33pm
            Nemesis said | October 11th 2017 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

            You seem to have a deep knowledge of the commercial aviation industry, so I’ll accept (1) & (2).

            (3) is the unknown. I know FFA is not flush with cash, but have never seen the Honduran FA’s Financial Reports. If anyone has a copy, that will give us an idea about the cash reserves of the Honduran FA.

            • October 11th 2017 @ 5:37pm
              spruce moose said | October 11th 2017 @ 5:37pm | ! Report

              Fair

      • October 11th 2017 @ 4:38pm
        KJ said | October 11th 2017 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

        A330 doesn’t have the legs to do it in one hit. Also, there are too many options, through LAX, through DFW and through Santiago. Way too many seats to purchase.

        • October 11th 2017 @ 5:38pm
          spruce moose said | October 11th 2017 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

          A near empty a330 could do it. There’d only be 50 on the plane. Max.

          • October 12th 2017 @ 8:14am
            KJ said | October 12th 2017 @ 8:14am | ! Report

            Touché.

    • October 11th 2017 @ 7:36pm
      Craig Joubert said | October 11th 2017 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

      What would the Hondurans be thinking about having to play us?

      Would they be confident or worried?

      • October 11th 2017 @ 9:56pm
        Jameswm said | October 11th 2017 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

        Pretty sure they’d rather be playing Syria

        • October 12th 2017 @ 7:38am
          KJ said | October 12th 2017 @ 7:38am | ! Report

          Agree. I feel that Honduras and Syria will provide a very similar test. Yes, completely different style of test, however similar in difficulty.

          In the same way, it won’t be easy for us either.

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