More than 75,000 football fans are expected to descend on Stadium Australia tomorrow night to watch the Caltex Socceroos take on Honduras in the crucial FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 2nd leg qualifier.
Australia need to beat Honduras in this second leg to qualify, having drawn 0-0 last Sunday in Honduras during the first leg of the playoff.
In the final media call before the match, coach Ange Postecogloou said his side’s approach won’t change when the his side takes to the pitch in Sydney.
“One goal may be enough,” he said.
“But our approach is we start aggressively and as long as the game goes – 90 minutes or 120 – we’ll keep going at the same level.
“And it’ll be up to the opposition to try and stop us and keep up with us. We’ve never sat back after scoring and never changed anything when we’ve conceded.
“In games like tomorrow, that helps. The players aren’t focussing on a scoreline.
“They’re focussing our football, our tempo for as long as the game goes.
“And we usually come out on top.”
Postecoglou remains confident the game plan will be successful.
“We forced them to defend [in the first leg in San Pedro Sula] and still played our football, and that’s going to be the key tomorrow night,” Postecolou added.
“Tomorrow night is us dictating the game and if we do that – as we’ve done in the past – we’ll be hard to stop.
“This pitch [at Stadium Australia] will suit us. It didn’t the other day [in Honduras].
“If we can play like that on a pitch like that I reckon we can do a whole lot better on a pitch that does suit us.”
Caltex Socceroos 25-player squad for the following match: 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 2nd leg v Honduras (Wednesday 15 November 2017, Stadium Australia, Sydney)
|Name||Club, Country||A-International Caps (Goals)|
|Aziz BEHICH||Bursaspor, TURKEY||18 (2)|
|Tim CAHILL||Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA||103 (50)|
|Milos DEGENEK||Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN||15 (0)|
|Alex GERSBACH||Rosenborg BK, NORWAY||4 (0)|
|Craig GOODWIN||Sparta Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS||3 (0)|
|Jackson IRVINE||Hull City AFC, ENGLAND||15 (1)|
|Mile JEDINAK||Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND||72 (15)|
|James JEGGO||SK Sturm Graz, AUSTRIA||0 (0)|
|Tomi JURIC||FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND||31 (8)|
|Matthew JURMAN||Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC||3 (0)|
|Robbie KRUSE||VfL Bochum, GERMANY||59 (5)|
|Mitchell LANGERAK (GK)||Levante UD, SPAIN||8 (0)|
|Mathew LECKIE||Hertha BSC, GERMANY||48 (6)|
|Massimo LUONGO||Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND||32 (5)|
|Ryan MCGOWAN||Al-Sharjah SCC, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||20 (0)|
|Mark MILLIGAN||Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA||63 (6)|
|Aaron MOOY||Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND||29 (5)|
|Josh RISDON||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA||5 (0)|
|Tom ROGIC||Celtic FC, SCOTLAND||32 (7)|
|Nikita RUKAVYTSYA||Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL||16 (1)|
|Mathew RYAN (GK)||Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND||40 (0)|
|Trent SAINSBURY||Jiangsu Suning FC, CHINA||32 (3)|
|James TROISI||Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA||35 (5)|
|Daniel VUKOVIC (GK)||KRC Genk, BELGIUM||0 (0)|
|Bailey WRIGHT||Bristol City FC, ENGLAND||20 (1)|
2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 2nd leg
Caltex Socceroos v Honduras
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia
Kick-off: 5pm (AWST)
The match will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and the Nine Network.
For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets