Skipper Mile Jedinak a hat-trick hero as the Socceroos sink Honduras 3-1 to reach the soccer World Cup.

Jedinak hat-trick seals World Cup berth for Socceroos WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP
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WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

WINNERS: FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match where beat Honduras at Stadium in Sydney. Picture: AAP

TweetFacebookAfter a frustratingfirst half, Jedinak produced agame-changing moment in the 54thminute when he scored from a free kick.

Jedinak’s strike hooked in between the Honduras wall, deflectedoff defender Maynor Figueroa and left goalkeeperDonis Escober helpless.

ROO BEAUTY: ‘s players celebrate a Mile Jedinak goal against Honduras. Picture: AAP

Almost 20 minutes later, Jedinak stepped up to the spot after Honduras conceded a hand-ball penalty.

Once again he was deadly accurate, beating the despairing dive of Escober beforesharing his jubilation with the 77,060-strong crowd.

His hat-trick came after substitute Robbie Kruse won a penalty in the 84thminute, and Jedinak blasted it into the middle of the net in emphatic fashion.

Honduras scored with the last kick of the game whenAlberth Elis finished a goalmouth scramble.

The Socceroos dominated possession and field position but had nothing to show for it at half-time. They had 72 per cent of the ball, and enjoyed an 11-2 advantage in terms of forays into the opposition box, during afirst half punctuated by a series of rugged challenges.

Defender Matt Jurman was booked after only three minutes for a tackle onElis, and Aaron Mooy received a yellow card in injury time.

Honduras left backEmilio Izaguirre was carried from the fieldin the 41stminute after two heavy knocks in quick succession.

Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill, the only survivor from ’s previous three World Cup campaigns, returned from an ankle injury and was typically industrious until he was replaced by Tommy Rogic in the 66thminute.

It remains to be seen if coach Ange Postcoglou will take the Socceroos to Russia, amid speculation about his future.

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