Honduras books a playoff date with Socceroos

Tim Cahill and the Socceroos face Honduras in a two-legged playoff for World Cup qualification next month.
Tim Cahill and the Socceroos face Honduras in a two-legged playoff for World Cup qualification next month. DEAN LEWINS

THE Socceroos' World Cup playoff fate has been decided in an insane finish to CONCACAF qualifying that saw the USA eliminated in a dismal loss to minnow Trinidad and Tobago.

Ange Postecoglou's men will face Honduras in a two-leg play-off next month after a stunning final fixture in CONCACAF's six-team deciding stage.

USA lost 2-1, Panama lept to third and an automatic qualifying spot by beating second-placed Costa Rica 2-1, while Honduras upset first-placed Mexico 3-2 to seal the half-qualifying fourth spot vs Australia.

Romell Quioto score the decisive goal for Honduras on 60 minutes, after the Central American nation equalised twice. Oribe Peralta opened the scoring for Mexico, Alberth Elis equalised, then Carlos Vela restored Mexico's lead before an own goal from Guillermo Ochoa.

USA missed out by a single point and would have progressed automatically in third spot on goal difference had it not failed to snare a draw with Trinidad and Tobago.

Omar Gonzalez conceded an own goal for USA in the 17th minute, before Alvin Jones struck an amazing goal for what proved to be the winner. A second-half goal for USA wonderkid Christian Pulisic proved to be in vain.

The Socceroos overcame Syria 3-2 on aggregate after extra time on Tuesday night in Sydney.

New Zealand will face Peru for a place in next year's World Cup after South American heavyweights Chile missed qualification in dramatic circumstances.

Chile were third heading into the final day of CONMEBOL qualifying but they paid the ultimate price for a 3-0 loss to Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Argentina's 3-1 win in Ecuador and Peru's 1-1 draw with Colombia relegated the Chileans to sixth in the standings, robbing them of a 10th World Cup finals appearance.

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