Socceroos’ goalless draw in Honduras leaves World Cup hopes in balance

  • Australia draw 0-0 with Honduras at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
  • Qualification goes down to wire in next week’s final match in Sydney

Australia’s World Cup qualification hopes remain in the balance after a hardworking 0-0 draw in difficult conditions in Honduras. The Socceroos had the better of the first leg of the intercontinental play-off at San Pedro Sula’s Stadio Olímpico Metropolitano but proved unable to find the goal their superior performance deserved.

Tomi Juric came closest to breaking the deadlock with two good opportunities in a game of few clear cut chances undermined by an appalling pitch wholly unsuitable for such a high-stakes match. At the other end Mat Ryan was only called upon to make one save of note by an uninspiring Honduras outfit. Australian supporters can be confident of securing a positive result in Wednesday’s decisive second leg in Sydney.

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