Honduras vs Socceroos: World Cup Qualifier highlights, live scores, blog

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    Honduras v Australia

    Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, 11 November, 2017

    Honduras Full Time Australia
    0 0
    5 SHOTS 7
    24 FOULS 14
    3 CORNERS 4
    4 OFFSIDES 2

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    The Socceroos fought out a frustrating and fruitless draw against Honduras, but have put themselves in position to qualify for the world cup on Wednesday.

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    Final score
    Honduras 0
    Socceroos 0

    Match preview:

    Honduras and the Socceroos meet in the first leg of the final stage of their World Cup odysseys in the race for Russia 2018. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 9am (AEDT).

    Well this is it folks. Tonight places the Socceroos one step closer to qualifying for next year’s World Cup or on the brink of disaster and elimination.

    The final result of this two-legged match-up will not be known today, however, much will be read from the game and the patterns that emerge.

    Honduras look like the absolute worst case scenario for the Socceroos and their ability to counter and break quickly with athleticism and speed will test the Australian back three all night long.

    With defensive solidarity being a major issue for the visitors, the Hondurans will be happy to sit and soak up a lot of Australia’s possession before seeking to exploit their defensive frailties.

    For the Socceroos it is simply a case of finding a way through the home team and, in turn, a goal. With recent fixtures resulting in a weight of possession yet little to show for time on the ball, the Socceroos may need to call on ‘you know who’ one more time to nab that elusive away goal.

    How attacking and bold both of the teams are prepared to be will be fascinating to watch. Surely a cagey start for both.

    The Hondurans might feel they need a win at home to set up a chance in the return leg in Sydney next week and the Australians might be well pleased with a draw which will make for an interesting contrast in approaches.

    Alternatively, Ange Postecoglou might do the unthinkable and attack the Hondurans at their own game and put it all on the line.

    Either way, it is time and the next two hours will go a long way towards deciding the fate of the two teams and their potential participation in Russia 2018.

    Such a difficult task to predict an outcome when allegiances are so strongly prevalent for a tipster, however my head says that the Hondurans will score and the Australians will also find a way to goal. I have been torn between a 1-1 or 2-1 result and sadly I have decided to go with a narrow Honduran win.

    Honduras 2, Australia 1

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    19' YELLOW CARD - Bryan Beckeles (Honduras)

    38' YELLOW CARD - Johnny Palacios (Honduras)

    39' YELLOW CARD - Joshua Risdon (Australia)

    47' YELLOW CARD - Matthew Jurman (Australia)

    48' YELLOW CARD - Trent Sainsbury (Australia)

    78' YELLOW CARD - Jorge Claros (Honduras)

    87' YELLOW CARD - Massimo Luongo (Australia)

    93' YELLOW CARD - Mario Martínez (Honduras)

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.

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    • 11:39am
      Caltex Ten & SBS support Australian Football said | 11:39am | ! Report

      Jedinak’s detractors have egg on their faces today—great work Jedi, you led the team magnificently and with great authority.

      Also, Irvine and Luongo are really stepping up—both have magnificent work ethic. I must also mention that Jedinak was terrific in the midfield as well. The leadership qualities he brings to the team out-way Milligan’s efforts as a leader. This is not to say Milligan is a worse player than that of Jedi, but the difference is how to lead a team that sets them apart.

      Juric, was disappointing and it’s time to look at other alternative 9s to replace the legend Cahill, which he would have taken those same chances with aplomb.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 11:02am | ! Report

      The Socceroos walk away from San Pedro Sula with a hard fought scoreless draw and head to Sydney with a great chance to finish the qualification task before them.
      On a less than perfect pitch, both teams struggled at times for fluency yet chances were created. Tomi Juric will regret the chances he missed in this game and two of them were indeed golden. However, the surface certainly affected the first shot and the second was well saved by the ‘keeper.
      Tactically, the Hondurans were disappointing, with much of their play coming off long balls that were intended to expose the Socceroos defence. They did get in behind often, however, despite a few nervy moments, the back three held firm throughout the game.
      Australia looked good through the mid-field and the combination between Aaron Mooy and Aziz Behich was a highlight. Jackson Irvine played strongly and Mile Jedinak played the full contest despite coming off limited game time.
      Overall, there is no disappointment in the result, as the home record of the Socceroos will make them tough to beat back at ANZ Stadium, that will have a pristine surface suiting the locals. There will however, be a little disappointment at the missed chances, as the away goal can mean everything in these two legged ties.
      Wednesday will be enormous in Sydney, a potential sell-out. With one more step to take, the Socceroos trip to Russia can be booked with a polished performance at home. Hopefully, the goals come more freely in Sydney, if not, we might be going down to penalties. I seem to remember that happening before!

      • Roar Pro

        anon said | 2:30pm | ! Report

        On a less than perfect pitch, both teams struggled at times for fluency yet chances were created. Tomi Juric will regret the chances he missed in this game and two of them were indeed golden. However, the surface certainly affected the first shot and the second was well saved by the ‘keeper.

        This isn’t aimed at you.

        Enough complaining about pitches. Every match the Socceroos, media, fans, complain about not playing on a billiard table.

        This match was held in the tropics during the wet season. The pitch held up remarkably well all things considered.

        It’s a third world country too.

        Spending millions on developing and maintaining a surface that mimics something from English football for the odd World Cup playoff would be a grotesque display of extravagance.

        Soccer in Australia likes to trumpet the fact its the world game — well this is what playing the world game entails. Travelling to far flung corners of the Earth to play in countries many Aussies couldn’t pick on a map.

        It’s not following your AC Milans or Barcelonas. That’s just glory hunting by people with a small-minded, Eurocentric view of the world.

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 10:55am | ! Report

      We had, what, three or maybe four decent chances in the game.

      Great effort away from home. Honduras would be disappointed.

    • 10:55am
      Fadida said | 10:55am | ! Report

      No coincidence that our best two performances in the last year have had Irvine and Luongo in midfield.

      • Roar Guru

        Griffo said | 10:57am | ! Report

        It is funny that although Irvine was spent.

        Behich to me needs to be starting.

      • 11:04am
        g said | 11:04am | ! Report

        Agree. Luongo is quality. Irvine very good at breaking up their play, and also gets forward(wish i had his engine),:{. Both should be starters every game when available.

      • 11:10am
        punter said | 11:10am | ! Report

        Luongo was excellent, Irvine worked hard. Lack of concentration at times & problems putting ball into back of net, but solid & very strong performance.

      • 11:24am
        Kurt said | 11:24am | ! Report

        You need forward movement for rogic to be utilised properly

    • 10:53am
      jamesb said | 10:53am | ! Report

      Good effort by the lads. Finally a clean sheet. The equation is simple…win and we qualify. We will also get Leckie, Milligan and Cahill back. Australia is in a better position compared to Uruguay 2005

    • 10:53am
      Fadida said | 10:53am | ! Report

      Excellent performance.

      Honduras are really poor, physical, lacking quality

      • Roar Guru

        Ben of Phnom Penh said | 10:57am | ! Report

        It shows how far Asian football has come. We rarely encounter that level of football during the AFC Qualifiers.

      • Roar Guru

        Griffo said | 11:00am | ! Report

        No disrespect really but Honduras perhaps finishing a little higher than their play suggested.

        Remember another goal against Trinidad and Tobago and we’d have been facing USA, which may have been a slightly different prospect.

        I’d agree any of the top three in each Asian qualifying group could have done okay there.

        We are current Asian champions and we didn’t look like we struggled much today.

    • 10:52am
      Lionheart said | 10:52am | ! Report

      we can do much better than that, but that’ll do for now, well done Ange and the Socceroos

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