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Winner takes all when Socceroos meet Honduras

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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)

 

Match Details:

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.

 

Ticket Details:

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