Australia reach fourth World Cup in a row

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Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year's FIFA World Cup with three goals in Wednesday's 3-1 intercontinental playoff.

Captain Mile Jedinak scored a second half hat-trick to put the Socceroos on course for a 3-1 aggregate victory after the first leg in San Pedro Sula last week finished goalless.

The Aston Villa midfielder benefited from a big slice of luck on 54 minutes as his free-kick took a huge deflection off Henry Figueroa. That changed the game's complexion and deep-lying Honduras, suddenly on the back foot, craved possession.

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Their best chance was a snap-shot from Tom Rogic inside the box towards the end of the first half, with Huddersfield man Aaron Mooy looking threatening from dead-ball situations. However his first, a deflected free-kick, was later awarded as an own goal.

Maynor Figueroa pulled a goal back in the fourth minute of stoppage time, scrambling home from a corner, but it was of little consolation to a Honduras side who will watch from the sidelines as Australia take on the world at Russian Federation 2018. With Cahill still a key cog in the Australia machine and Milligan one of the nation's midfield hard men, the pair look likely to line up for their fourth consecutive World Cup. But the immediate intrigue surrounds coach Ange Postecoglou's future.

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