Drone-gate: Honduras coach cries espionage

Ange Postecoglou looking side-on at Sydney Airport

Ange Postecoglou looking side-on at Sydney Airport

Ange Postecoglou's side will reach sport's most-watched event if it beats Honduras at Stadium Australia after the two nations played out a goalless draw in San Pedro Sula on Saturday (AEDT).

And Wednesday's tie promises to be a feisty affair after Honduras boss Jorge Luis Pinto accused Australia of 'espionage' after he spotted a drone hovering above his side's training session. It'll make for a hell of second leg, with the winners set to take it all.

It was subsequently grounded to comply with the complex's rules. When Australia went to Honduras they checked every bathroom, every box at the stadium when they trained and also where they had the official training.

"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.

"We are very comfortable".

Something that is far more certain is Cahill's enduring status as a talisman for Australia, having scored a succession of crucial goals at home and abroad during the past decade and more - including a double that saw off Syria at the previous stage.

But Postecoglou's uncertain situation has threatened to overshadow the team's preparations in recent months, with the 2015 Asian Cup-winning coach reportedly considering an exit regardless of whether his team advances.

"Elis has explosive speed that we can use for the second game", Pinto said.

The 21-year-old Houston Dynamo man, widely considered one of Central America's best up-and-coming talents, will be fresh and out to skin whoever starts at left wing-back for Australia. Much of Australian media have dismissed Honduras's chances in Sydney after they were largely outplayed at home but Socceroos defender Josh Risdon struck a note of caution. "I dreamed about it as a boy and for me, playing in one was everything I imagined and more".

"The World Cup provides a real opportunity to grow football ... people who don't always watch our game watch when a World Cup is on".

The Hertha Berlin flyer is a near-certain starter after watching the first leg from Melbourne due to a combination of suspension and a hamstring strain.

Australia's all-time top scorer Tim Cahill also sat out the Honduras clash, albeit from the bench, as he recovered from an ankle problem. "On paper, we should win".

"They definitely won't take them for granted".

The first leg last Friday ended in a 0-0 draw, leaving a spot at next year's World Cup at stake Wednesday at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

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