• Tomi Juric (L), Maynor Figueroa (C) and Tim Cahill (R) (Getty Images)
Key players and information ahead of the second leg of Australia's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off with Honduras.
14 Nov 2017 - 5:53 PM  UPDATED 14 Nov 2017 - 5:53 PM


World Cup Intercontinental Playoff - Second Leg - November 15, 8pm - ANZ Stadium, Sydney


World ranking: 43

Coach: Ange Postecoglou

Captain: Mile Jedinak

Qualifying route: Finished third in Asian qualifying Group B (5 wins, 4 draws, 1 losses) and defeated Syria in the Asian playoff.

World Cup record: Four appearances (1974, 2006, 2010, 2014)

Key man: Trent Sainsbury. The tireless defender doesn't get enough plaudits but is the heart and soul of Postecoglou's Socceroos. On an occasion when Australia can't afford to concede, he will be crucial.

Goal threat: Tim Cahill. Cometh the hour, cometh Timmy? Cahill was at the double last month in Australia's defeat of Syria in the Asian playoff, and prides himself on performing on the big stage.

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World ranking: 69

Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Captain: Maynor Figueroa

Qualifying route: Finished fourth in the final North/Central American group of six teams (3 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses), missing direct qualification behind Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.

World Cup record: Three appearances (1982, 2010, 2014)

Key man: Alberth Elis. The fleet-footed attacker was suspended for the first leg and comes into the decisive match fresh and ready to leave his mark.

Goal threat: Carlo Costly. The veteran got a huge ovation when he was brought into the first leg and had Honduras' best chance with a stinging drive that took some saving. He'll be a handful again.

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Australia and Honduras met for the first time in a senior international last Saturday in their first leg 0-0 draw.

The two countries met in Sydney at the 2000 Olympics, when Honduras claimed a 2-1 win over an Olyroos side including Mark Viduka, Lucas Neill and Mark Bresciano.


The ANZ Stadium meeting is the last match on a marathon 22-game path to Russia for Postecoglou's side and will determine the 31st of 32 teams competing in Russia.

Australia's first leg goalless draw with the Central Americans means any win for either side will send the victors through.

If it's a score draw on 90 minutes, Honduras qualify.

The only score that will force 30 minutes extra time is another 0-0 stalemate. If the score is still tied after that, it's penalties.

If it's 0-0 at the final whistle, and then a score draw after 120 minutes, Honduras qualify.

The only qualifier to follow is New Zealand's second-leg match in Peru.