Honduras, Australia draw 0-0 in 1st leg of World Cup playoff

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 04:52:24 AM. Honduras held Australia to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff on Friday, leaving both teams with everything to play for in next week's return leg in Sydney.
Honduras held Asian Cup champion Australia to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff, leaving a spot at Russia still very much at stake for both teams in next week's return leg in Sydney. The Australians dominated the match and created the better scoring opportunities but Honduras defended stubbornly at home and neither side was able to break the stalemate in a tense but scrappy opening leg at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano on Friday. Australian striker Tomi Juric missed two clear-cut chances to score — one in each half — and the Socceroos were left confused after Italian referee Daniele Orsato initially awarded them a penalty only to change his mind after consulting with an assistant. Despite the missed opportunities, Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou said he was thrilled with his team's overall performance and confident of winning the return leg on home soil. "We're just missing that clinical edge, but overall I couldn't be happier," Postecoglou said in a post-match interview on Australia's Fox Sports. "I thought we were really solid defensively. On a difficult pitch we held our line really well apart from that chance at the end." Postecoglou said several key players who missed the first leg would be available for Wednesday's second match at Sydney's Olympic stadium. "We've got some fresh legs, we'll go hard, we'll put the pedal down and go as hard as we can," he said. Honduras "will find it hard to keep up with us." Honduras, which...Read more
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