The day ended in the same manner it had started in Australia – with a resounding, deafening “yes”. The roar from the ANZ Stadium crowd as captain Mile Jedinak played a major hand in the opener and then scored two penalties in an ultimately comfortable 3-1 win over Honduras matched those around the country when the nation’s marriage equality survey result was announced earlier on Wednesday.
The Socceroos are going to next year’s World Cup in Russia, their fourth successive finals, after ending a mammoth qualifying campaign that saw Ange Postecoglou’s side play 22 games over 884 days and travel more than 250,000 kilometres to 22 countries. This campaign has been nothing if not an epic journey.
They didn’t made it easy for themselves and will rue the missed opportunity to qualify automatically at the end of the group stage, a failure that added yet more air miles and another four games to their circuitous route to Russia. But Jedinak’s 53rd minute free-kick and two coolly-converted penalties in the second half finally, memorably, secured his side’s passage to Russia on a momentous day in the nation’s history.
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