Socceroos unclear on penalty reversal

Confusion reigns over the reversal of a Socceroos penalty in their World Cup qualifying playoff with Honduras.

Confusion reigns over the reversal of a Socceroos' penalty in San Pedro Sula.

Confusion reigns over the reversal of a Socceroos' penalty in San Pedro Sula.

After 20 minutes in San Pedro Sula, Honduran goalkeeper Denis Escobar clattered into defender Bailey Wright after the Australian ventured forward for a set piece.

Replays showed the Bristol City captain judged his run perfectly to get onto Matthew Jurman's header, only to head over the bar under pressure.

Referee Daniele Orsato considered the clash and pointed to the spot.

All Socceroos look onside from this shot.

But incensed Honduran defenders made a bee-line for the linesman, claiming Wright had strayed offside.

Orsato discussed the incident with his linesman and reversed his decision.

To the delight of the partisan 40,000-strong crowd, Australian penalty taker Mile Jedinak gave the ball back to Escobar, who restarted play with a goal kick.

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Coach Ange Postecoglou looked puzzled on the sideline and still didn't understand the outcome after the match.

"I thought the referee paid a penalty and the linesman paid offside," he said.

"I asked the referee at halftime and he said, no, the linesman paid a goal kick.

"I was scratching my head because if it was a goal kick it would have meant Bailey got cleaned up."

Jedinak was given a different explanation.

"He blew for a penalty then he went to consult with the linesman ... came back and flagged for offside," he said.

"It was quite quick.

"I don't have the benefit of a replay. It is what it is. You've got to accept it and go on."

Midfielder Jackson Irvine had a different view again, calling it "a stonewall penalty".

"I can't believe it. Anywhere else on the pitch if you win the ball and someone comes through you it's a penalty," he said.

"I don't know why he reversed it. For me it has to be a penalty."

Like his captain, Postecoglou was accepting of the verdict.

"Decisions happen and we cop that," he said.

"The ref did a good job. It was a hard game to referee."

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