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

272 Have your say

Popular article! 5,950 reads

    Live Scores

    Scores updated each minute. REFRESH NOW


    Australia v Honduras

    ANZ Stadium, 15 November, 2017

    Australia Full Time Honduras
    3 1
    13 SHOTS 7
    19 FOULS 24
    5 CORNERS 1
    4 OFFSIDES 0

    Match result:

    Australia have officially secured qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday night.

    » Click here to read the full match report

    Final score
    Socceroos 3
    Honduras 0

    Match preview:

    It’s do or die for the Socceroos and Honduras, with a FIFA World Cup place on the line at Homebush. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 8pm (AEDT).

    Australia dominated the first leg of this tie in San Pedro Sula but would have left Honduras feeling frustrated.

    A 0-0 draw was the end result, and while it’s not the worst case scenario, it puts plenty of pressure on the Socceroos’ defence heading into the second leg.

    Conceding a goal is not an option for Australia tonight, as while a scoreless draw will send the match to extra-time, a scored draw or loss will end Australia’s World Cup campaign.

    Still, the Socceroos will be confident of their chances. On home turf, with a huge travel advantage – flying halfway back across the world on a charter flight – they should have the legs to go the distance.

    The first leg saw Australia dominate for the majority of the match, and should have opened the scoring on a couple of occasions through Tomi Juric.

    However, Honduras still looked dangerous at different points on an absolute cow paddock. The home side’s long balls were often dangerous, getting behind Australia’s back three, who were left to scramble to shut down raids.

    Add that to the fact veteran Carlo Costly only came off the bench with 15 minutes to go and created their best opportunity of the match, and there is cause for concern. Costly is likely to start the second leg.

    The Socceroos will have a huge home crowd behind them and have only lost one of their last 59 World Cup Qualifiers played at home. That doesn’t account for draws, but it’s still comforting to know how well the Socceroos perform in Australia.

    ANZ Stadium has been the site of many happy memories for the Socceroos. Qualification for two of the last three World Cups has been sealed on the ground, with John Aloisi’s famous penalty against Uruguay in 2005 and Josh Kennedy’s winner in 2013.

    Tim Cahill is expected to be back after sitting on the bench for the entire first leg, while Matt Leckie and Mark Milligan are likely to come into the starting side after missing the first leg through suspension. Tom Rogic is also expected to start after his substitute appearance in San Pedro Sula, and Robbie Kruse is a chance to return after recovering from a knee injury.

    Aaron Mooy will again be one of the keys in the midfield if Australia are to control the game through their passing game, which they did effectively against Syria in their previous play-off. The biggest problem for the Socceroos, though, has been converting opportunities, which has plagued Australia right throughout their qualification campaign.

    A Honduran goal is going to make things significantly harder, which means this will be a nerve-racking evening for Socceroos fans, but Australia should move through to the Cup.

    Socceroos 2 – Honduras 0.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of the match from 8pm (AEDT) and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.

    Live Score Updates

    Scores updated each minute. REFRESH NOW

    3' YELLOW CARD - Matthew Jurman (Australia)

    19' YELLOW CARD - Maynor Figueroa (Honduras)

    47' YELLOW CARD - Aaron Mooy (Australia)

    53' GOAL - Mile Jedinak (Australia)

    57' YELLOW CARD - Jorge Claros (Honduras)

    72' GOAL (PENALTY) - Mile Jedinak (Australia)

    81' YELLOW CARD - Mathew Leckie (Australia)

    84' YELLOW CARD - Johnny Palacios (Honduras)

    85' GOAL (PENALTY) - Mile Jedinak (Australia)

    88' YELLOW CARD - Trent Sainsbury (Australia)

    94' GOAL - Alberth Elis (Honduras)

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 1,100 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

    Do you find yourself logged out of The Roar?
    We have just switched over to a secure site (https). This means you will need to log-in afresh. If you need help with recovering your password, please get in contact.

    This video is trending right now! Submit your videos for the chance to win a share of $10,000!

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    The Crowd Says (272)

    The Roar Live Blog: Latest comments displayed at the top of the page | Click here to jump to leave a comment

    • 7:32pm
      JR Salazar said | 7:32pm | ! Report

      In the end, you got the two-goal margin right OP, just not the scoreline.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 11:04pm | ! Report

      Wow, we are going to Russia, just got home, beautiful wife waiting, two excited kids, football is wonderful.

      • 11:43pm
        Breathe Easy said | 11:43pm | ! Report

        Im going to Russia…where my beautiful wife is waiting!

    • 10:19pm
      jamesb said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      Well done Scottie on the blog. You are becoming very versatile with the sports you are covering. #gosocceroos

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      Good luck to the Kiwi’s later on. Hopefully a second team from the Tasman to make the World Cup next year 😎

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      Just watching the highlights…a good run by Rogic to earn the free kick for the first goal.

      And Cahill with that header off the bar – no one should get that on target.

      Good call by the Ref for the first penalty – perfectly positioned.

      Clear second penalty.

      Juric should have done better with the time and space with that volley attempt at the end.

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      Scrappy, but we created more chances and dominated midfield for large stretches.

      Still you have to score to win, and we used those chances to put on the pressure for two penalties, and a deflected free kick in a very dangerous position.

      Lets not ask Ange tonight, out of respect, if he is/is not going to be coaching the team next year.

      Lets just enjoy qualifying, because right now my Italian friends are a very unhappy bunch at not being there.

      • 10:13pm
        Fadida said | 10:13pm | ! Report

        I agree, let him celebrate tonight

        • 10:21pm
          Fadida said | 10:21pm | ! Report

          Too late, it’s been asked and I reckon Ange is gone

        • Roar Guru

          Griffo said | 10:23pm | ! Report

          Well Channel 9 are talking about it…you know the MSM are going to ask it as soon as they get a mic in his face…

          • Roar Pro

            anon said | 11:09pm | ! Report

            Of course they will. Ange has been alluding to it for the last month by deliberately dodging the question about his future. A simple yes or no answer would have sufficed, which makes me believe he’s gone (which is weak).

        • 11:45pm
          Breathe Easy said | 11:45pm | ! Report

          Im sure he is relieved that you Fadida are giving him a leave pass for the night…i mean, your so important and all!

    • Roar Rookie

      Stevo said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      Pub night. What an occasion!

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Right then, a full match report will be on the way shortly.

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as Australia booked their spot in Russia with a 3-1 win over Honduras.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      Tomorrow, we turn our attention back to the A-League. Join The Roar for live coverage of every match, with the Central Coast taking on Adelaide at 7:50pm (AEDT) tomorrow. I’ll be online for that one.

      Bye for now.

    , , , , , ,