Jedinak hat-trick sends Socceroos to World Cup

The Socceroos are through to the World Cup

Jedinak might argue he deserved to be credited with the hat-trick, but the official scorer ruled his first effort an own goal after it deflected off a defender.

The two teams settled for a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Honduras on November 10, meaning an away goal from the Central American nation would be crucial for advancement to Russian Federation.

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.

The Socceroos are going to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, their fourth successive finals, after ending a mammoth qualifying campaign that saw Ange Postecoglou's side play 22 games over 884 days and travel more than 250,000 kilometres to 22 countries.

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

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

Only one place remains to be decided at the World Cup, with New Zealand taking on Peru in the second leg of their play-off on Wednesday night. In the first leg, Australia wasted multiple chances to put the tie to bed and will look to be sharper with a home crowd behind them.

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