Albion keeper Mathew Ryan helps Australia book World Cup place

Albion keeper Mathew Ryan helps Australia book World Cup place

Australia reached their fifth World Cup after beating Honduras 3-1 in Sydney courtesy of a decisive performance from captain Mile Jedinak.

But Jedinak did make the occasion safe when slotting home a penalty on 72 minutes, following a handball from Bryan Acosta.

The game was put beyond doubt with four minutes remaining when Jonny Palacios brought down Robbie Kruse and Jedinak again converted from the penalty-spot.

Maynor Figueroa found a scrappy reply in injury time but it was not enough for Honduras.

Nevertheless, the coach's future remains uncertain after he was heavily linked with the exit regardless of the Socceroos' qualification fate.

A tight - occasionally tetchy - encounter ensued, with Aaron Mooy's testing low free-kick from the left wing, which was pushed clear by goalkeeper Donis Escober, as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock in the opening half an hour.

Honduras lost Emilio Izaguirre to injury before the break and his replacement, Henry Figueroa, was involved in the Socceroos' opener.

A deflected free kick (53') and two penalties (72', 85') in a dominant second half booked Australia's place at Russian Federation 2018.