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Diamond works for Luongo and Socceroos as Honduras decider looms

Australia ‘did everything right’ against Honduras: except score. Postecoglou’s newfound tactical flexibility puts them in the box seat to progress to Russia.

The scoreboard may have only displayed 0-0 but Ange Postecoglou can take great satisfaction from how his Socceroos outplayed Honduras in hostile conditions on Saturday. The value of the result won’t become fully apparent until Wednesday but Australia must now be clear favourites to progress to Russia 2018 after experiencing only minor discomfort during a tactically-astute display in San Pedro Sula.

Indeed, considering the enormity of the circumstances, the abysmal playing surface, and the disrupted build-up, Australia’s performance was arguably its best of this marathon qualifying campaign.

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