Je­d­i­nak will put him­self on the spot

The Morning Bulletin - - SPORT WORLD CUP FOOTBALL -

SOC­CEROOS cap­tain Mile Je­d­i­nak will vol­un­teer to take a penalty if a shootout is needed to sep­a­rate Aus­tralia and Hon­duras tonight.

A 0-0 score­line af­ter ex­tra time, the same as the first leg in in San Pe­dro Sula on Satur­day, will send the World Cup play-off into the lot­tery of a penalty com­pe­ti­tion.

While the 33-year-old Je­d­i­nak said he hadn’t been think­ing of the prospect of tak­ing a spot kick, he would not back down if needed.

“If I’m on the pitch at the time I’ll put my hand up, (but) I don’t know how it works,” he said. “Some­times you might be told to take them.”

Je­d­i­nak (pic­tured) is Aus­tralia’s first-choice penalty taker, scor­ing twice from the spot against Thai­land in a 2-2 draw last Novem­ber and in the 1-1 draw with Ja­pan.

He has been strug­gling with a groin prob­lem and the first leg was his first 90-minute ap­pear­ance in five months.


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