Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates with Nikita Rukavytsya after scoring the winner against Syria. The Socceroos' dates for playoff with Honduras have been scheduled for next month.
Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates with Nikita Rukavytsya after scoring the winner against Syria. The Socceroos' dates for playoff with Honduras have been scheduled for next month. DEAN LEWINS

World Cup playoff dates with Honduras confirmed for Socceroos

THE dates for the Socceroos' two World Cup playoff matches against Honduras have been confirmed.

Australia will travel to Honduras for the first leg, which is on Saturday, November 11 (AEST), before the Socceroos will host the second leg on Wednesday, November 15 from 7pm (AEST) at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

The winning team on aggregate goals over the two games will earn a place at the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The Socceroos scraped through to the final playoff round with a 2-1 extra time win over Syria, while Honduras earned fourth place in the CONCACAF region after a chaotic final matchday.

The attention was taken away from Australia's victory after reports emerged the next morning that Ange Postecoglou will likely leave his role as head coach after the playoff games - even if the Socceroos make the World Cup.

The Socceroos will be aiming for another special qualification night at the Sydney Olympic Stadium after sealing passage to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups with nailbiting wins over Uruguay and Iraq at the venue.

"Following last week's dramatic play-off victory over Syria it comes down to these last two matches to see who will get the final berth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup," FFA CEO Gallop said.

"There hasn't been a more important match played in Australia since our last Intercontinental playoff against Uruguay 12 years ago, and for all of us who were there it was truly a very special moment in Australian sporting history."

"With a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at stake, we're calling on all football and sports fans to rally behind the Caltex Socceroos as they aim to qualify for their fourth successive FIFA World Cup."

News Corp Australia


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