Australia have officially secured qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation with a 3-1 win over Honduras on Wednesday night.
Jedinak might argue he deserved to be credited with the hat-trick, but the official scorer ruled his first effort an own goal after it deflected off a defender.
The Australians defeated Honduras 3-1 in Sydney in a game which would book the victor a place in the world's greatest sporting tournament.
He doubled the advantage with a second from the spot after Bryan Acosta's handball in the 73rd minute.
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The result, which also saw Alberth Elis net for Honduras in second-half stoppage time, means Australia will compete at a fourth consecutive World Cup - a huge relief for Postecoglou after his side finished third to Japan and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.
The visitors rallied but Kruse found a gap in their defensive line to race clear on goal, only to be hacked down by Palacios before he could pull the trigger.
It proved to be a memorable night for captain Mile Jedinak, who scored all three of Australia's goals, in the 53rd, 72nd and 85th minutes.
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