The Caltex Socceroos' winner-takes-all World Cup qualification playoff against Honduras is looming.
With the first match to be played in Honduras, we look at how Los Catrachos fared in their final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group.
MIXED RESULTS TO START
In an inauspicious beginning to their campaign, Honduras lost 1-0 to Panama in their opening game at home.
A 22nd minute goal from Fidel Escobar settled the contest.
Four days later, the Hondurans put in a much better performance to beat one of the weaker nations Trinidad and Tobago 3-1.
Romell Quioto and Emilio Izaguirre scored early goals for the home side and while the Soca Warriors pulled one back early in the second half, an 81st minute strike from substitute Eddie Hernandez ensured the points were safe.
ALL SQUARE IN MARCH
In the March window, Honduras endured a 6-0 thumping against the USA in San Jose before returning home to meet Costa Rica.
Antony Lozano opened the scoring for Honduras, but a second half goal from Kendall Waston saw the points shared.
USA DENT HONDURAN HOPES
Needing points to stay in the hunt for qualification, Honduras were closing in on a famous and crucial win over the USA after Romell Quioto scored in the first half in early September.
But a late Bobby Wood goal earned the Americans a point and left Honduras in a perilous position heading into the final two group matches.
LAST DAY DRAMA
A 1-1 draw in Costa Rica meant Honduras headed into the final game of the group against leaders Mexico in fifth spot and facing elimination.
Things looked grim when they fell behind early in the game and despite Alberth Elis's equaliser, they found themselves 2-1 down at half-time.
But a stirring second-half comeback saw the Hondurans draw level through an own-goal, before Romell Quioto scored his country's most important goal in four years to earn them a 3-2 victory.
With the USA sensationally losing to Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras finished fourth and earned the right to face Australia for a place at Russia 2018.
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