Honduras coach accuses Socceroos of 'espionage' after drone row — World Cup qualifier

Tim Cahill fit for must-win Honduras clash

Tim Cahill fit for must-win Honduras clash

Asked if his team would deploy long balls at ANZ Stadium, the 64-year-old threw in a little dig at Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou. "We weren't involved", said a spokesman for Football Federation Australia (FFA).

A campaign that began in Kyrgyzstan in June 2015 will come to an end on Wednesday in match number 22 when they face Honduras in the second leg of the intercontinental playoff having secured a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula last week.

Both Honduras and Australia trained at ANZ Stadium on Monday.

Australia have spared no expense in giving their players the best chance of qualifying for next year's finals in Russia, bringing their players home as early as possible on a chartered plane kitted out with high-tech recovery equipment.

"That's what it's all about, putting your body on the line and sacrificing for these two games, for such a big occasion for our country to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup".

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for Wednesday night's game, Pinto remained firm with his allegations, suggesting the Socceroos tarnished the reputation of their country.

"Everything is going really well", he said.

"Let's not be innocent, it's espionage in football", he told reporters through a translator on Tuesday. "Just like VAR [video assistant referee] has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage", Pinto said.

"Regardless of the incident of the drone, and also journalists in Honduras leaking information about our team, we have been very comfortable here", Pinto said.

The Socceroos did use a drone during their training sessions in Honduras, but it belonged to their media team and was used only to film Australia's training sessions. "We had three players that didn't travel and a few more who did not play more. there's an opportunity to put some fresh legs on", Postecoglou said.

Pinto was not a happy man on his first day in Australia and wanted all media removed from the stadium, despite FIFA regulations requiring at least 15 minutes "open for vision".

The Honduran squad, who have previously suspended captain Maynor Figueroa and speedy winger Alberth Elis back in their arsenal, finally arrived in Sydney on Monday morning nearly a day after Australia.

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