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THE INTERCONTINENTAL PLAY OFF LEG-1

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HONDURAS vs AUSTRALIA

The Intercontinental Play off between Australia(AFC) and Honduras(CONCACAF) -1st leg has been played in San Pedro Sula on Saturday morning which has finished with a goal less draw.
Despite 40,000 fans baying for their blood in a game played muggy conditions and on a terrible playing surface, Australia more than held their own in their 0-0 draw against Honduras.
Australia had to weather an early Honduras onslaught, with Carlos Lanza getting behind the Socceroos defence in the fourth minute but took too long to shoot, allowing Trent Sainsbury to make a crucial last-gasp tackle.
Australia’s first chance came in the 11th minute when Matt Luongo worked his way into the Honduras penalty area before unleashing a shot that was well-saved by Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober.
There was drama in the 16th minute when an advancing Escober knocked over Socceroos defender Bailey Wright.
Referee Daniele Orsato pointed to the penalty spot, but his assistant put his flag up for offside.
The pair then consulted, with Orsato changing his mind and awarding Honduras the free-kick.
The Socceroos continued to attack, with Irvine volleying over the bar in the 29th minute after being picked out by Aziz Behich.
The Socceroos continued to attack, with Irvine volleying over the bar in the 29th minute after being picked out by Aziz Behich.
But with only Escober to beat, Juric dragged his shot wide.While the ball bobbled on the bumpy surface as Juric was about to shoot, he still should have been able at the very least hit the target.
Juric had another chance nine minutes after half-time after a superb build-up involving Luongo and Risdon.It was Risdon who supplied the final ball, with Juric rising high to meet the cross. But his header was saved by Escober.
While they couldn’t find a valuable away goal, the Socceroos return to Sydney for Wednesday night’s second leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff confident in their ability to win and secure a spot at Russia 2018.