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Day of destiny looms for Australia and Honduras

Day of destiny looms for Australia and Honduras

With the tie poised at 0-0 after the first leg, the winner of the match in Sydney will progress to the finals next summer.

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.

Postecoglou is set to call on at least two of the quartet to start and Moore thinks it could help swing the encounter Australia's way.

"Let's not be innocent it's espionage in football", Pinto said speaking through an interpreter.

"Just like VAR [video assistant referee] has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage". "It takes some of the merit away from the fair play".

Pinto added: "Regardless of incident with the drone and the possibility of a Honduras journalist leaking information regarding our team, we are very happy with our welcome and stay here, we are very comfortable - we are just hoping for a good game tomorrow. we are facing a balanced side".

During the session, a drone was spotted high in the air, hovering above the stadium.

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The match will be played at a warm temperature of 16 degrees in Krasnodar, a city located about 1,300 kilometres to the south of Moscow.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said he wasn't getting distracted by the claims, and was focused only on getting the Socceroos to a fourth consecutive World Cup. "I dreamed about it as a boy and for me, playing in one was everything I imagined and more".

However, Pinto is refusing to believe the Australian and stadium officials, remaining firm the Socceroos were engaging in attempted "espionage". It remains unclear whether Postecoglou will take Australia to Russia even if they qualify and he again declined to confirm or deny that he would be stepping down after Wednesday's match.

Three years ago in Brazil, Australia enjoyed a creditable campaign despite losing all three games in a group that also included Chile, the Netherlands and Spain.

"Without a doubt we'll be employing long balls tomorrow", he said.

The accusation follows another dramatic incident for the Honduran national team, who held a stand-off with the Asian Football Confederation after they were denied access to the ANZ pitch over sponsorship: Honduras players wore training jerseys with the name of a soft drink company printed on the back of their jerseys, but it was not one that had any commercial arrangements with the AFC.

The Sydney news conference was broadcast on TV in Honduras, and Pinto was asked if he had a message for the team's fans. "Tomorrow is not going to be the exception".