Why are Australia playing Honduras in World Cup qualifying play-offs?

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Why are Australia playing Honduras in World Cup qualifying play-offs?

AUSTRALIA travel to Honduras for the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off.

But how have the two sides ended up playing each other?

Australia take on Honduras in the intercontinental World Cup qualifying play-offAFP or licensors Why are Australia playing Honduras in the World Cup qualifying play-off?

Australia qualified for their match against Honduras by finishing third in their Asian World Cup qualifying group, behind Japan and Saudi Arabia.

That meant they progressed to a match against the other Asian third placed team, Syria.

Tim Cahill netted twice in a dramatic 3-2 aggregate win, meaning that they progressed to the intercontinental play-off.

Honduras qualified with an equally dramatic victory over Mexico.

With El Tri already qualified, the Hondurans came from 2-0 down to pip the United States for fourth position in North America, and a play-off place.

How do the intercontinental play-offs work?

The intercontinental play-offs work on a rotational basis.

In 2018 World Cup qualifying, the matches are as follows:

4th placed North American team vs Winner of Asian play-off

1st placed Oceania team vs 5th placed South American team

That means Honduras face Australia over two legs while New Zealand take on Peru.

In 2014, it was Asia vs South America as Jordan were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Uruguay, while Mexico beat New Zealand 9-3 on aggregate in the North America vs Oceania tie.

And in 2022 it will be Asia vs Oceania and North America vs South America in the intercontinental play-off.


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