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Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak the World Cup hat-trick hero for Australia

By Nathan Judah | Aston Villa | Published:

Mile Jedinak was Australia's unlikely hero after scoring a second half hat-trick against Honduras, leading the Socceroo's to a fourth consecutive World Cup.

Mile Jedinak was an unlikely hero for Australia

Jedinak's stunning performance was all the more impressive as he only played his first full game since June in Saturday morning's 0-0 first-leg draw after struggling with a persistent groin injury.

The Aston Villa defensive midfielder bagged his first goal when his low free-kick bounced off Henry Figueroa to wrong-foot the keeper.

He then scored twice from the penalty spot to make him an instant cult hero in his homeland.

The 33-year-old had previously made just three brief appearances for Steve Bruce's men this season.

Australia now join the likes of England, Brazil, Germany and Argentina in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Nathan Judah

By Nathan Judah
@njudah_star

Digital Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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