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A second-half performance by skipper Mile Jedinak has led the Caltex Socceroos to a 3-1 win over Honduras in their second leg intercontinental World Cup playoff in Sydney, securing their position in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Jedinak scored two goals for his side last night at Stadium Australia, and says he will look ahead to 2018.

“It’s hard to describe,” he told Fox Sports.

“It’s unreal. We always knew it’d be a difficult qualification campaign, but this makes it very special.

“And to do it in front of our home fans in a do-or-die contest – we didn’t want it this way [in an  intercontinental playoff] but it’s happened and grateful now we’re going to another World Cup.”

The Aston Villa midfielder said the result was the culmination of a long and arduous campaign with the goal of qualification in style set early.

“It was our duty as a nation of football players to get this job done.

“We were set out on a task two and a half years ago and we stuck to our guns. And we got here in the end.

“Now it’s time to enjoy this moment and look forward to what will be a big 2018.”

Jedinak could’ve had a hat-trick but his second half free kick to start the goal scoring was adjudged to be an own goal to Henry Figueroa.

In the end Jedinak was credited with two goals though many felt like it was a hat-trick.

“It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m just happy to chip in. We got the job done and that’s all that matters,” he said.