• SHADES OF 2005 AS SOCCEROOS TAKE ON HONDURAS IN DO-OR-DIE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

15 Oct 2017

  • Australia will play Honduras in an Intercontinental Play-off over two legs (home and away) with the winner progressing to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia;
  • The Socceroos’ home game will be at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday 15 November (8pm kick-off);
  • Tickets are on sale to Football Family members from 12 noon Monday 16 October, and to General Public from 12 noon Thursday 19 October;
  • The game is included in ANZ Stadium Membership (enquiries here)

Julian Keith

THE Socceroos will face Honduras for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the crucial second leg game at ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia) on Wednesday 15 November.

The Intercontinental Play-off on the Road To Russia against an opponent from the Americas will evoke memories of one of Australia’s greatest sporting moments – the 2005 World Cup qualifying shoot-out against Uruguay that featured John Aloisi’s historic penalty.

The Socceroos will play their first leg game away, in Honduras on Friday 10 November (Saturday 11 Nov AEDT), before returning to home soil for the decisive game.

Tickets for the final qualifying game at ANZ Stadium go on sale to the Football Family from 12 noon Monday 16 October and to the General Public from 12 noon Thursday 19 October.

The game is included in ANZ Stadium Membership. Enquiries here.

The team with the best score on aggregate over two legs will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which will be contested between 14 June and 15 July next year.

The do-or-die fixtures pit the Socceroos – winners of the Asian Qualifiers Play-Off with Syria – against the Hondurans who finished fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, edging out the USA.

The Socceroos will go into the must-win final game knowing they have a fantastic record at Stadium Australia – having recorded 9 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in their last 11 outings at the Stadium, their most successful venue in world football.

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop called upon all Australian sports fans to show their support for the Caltex Socceroos for the most important knock-out match since Australia defeated Uruguay at the same venue on November 16, 2005. 

“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,” said Gallop. 

“There hasn’t been a more important match played in Australia since our last Intercontinental Play-off 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,” concluded Gallop.

Sign up for a 2018 ANZ Stadium Membership now and get the Socceroos do-or-die qualifier included. Enquiries here.

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