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

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

Despite failing to fire in the first leg, Pinto's men remain firmly in the tie and dabblebet quote 9/2 (5.50) that Honduras claim victory at ANZ Stadium, whilst also available is the price of 12/5 (6.50) on Honduras grabbing the opening goal of the game.

As has been vigorously reported, this could prove Ange Postecoglou's final match in charge, and whether he likes it or not, failure to qualify for the World Cup will see his legacy seriously damaged.

That's after video footage was recored and shared on social media this week from the Honduras training session at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

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.

His curious indecision was a stark contrast to Australia's ready-for-anything routine that usually accompanies their preparations.

"If the head coach of Australia is watching the press conference, he has an insight into our gameplan".

Having dominated away, all the expectation is on the Socceroos to dominate the game and eventually make their chances count.

The conviction coach was buoyed by Australia's bright performance in Honduras and is as sure as he can be of progression.

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The Socceroos' midfield duo just has to keep the ball and cut out needless errors going through midfield.

"Regardless of the incident with the drone, and the possibility of a journalist from Honduras leaking information regarding our team, we are happy with the welcome we have had here", said Pinto.

Tim Cahill has declared himself fit and over his ankle injury, while Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie have joined the squad in addition to Mark Milligan.

Honduras accused Australia of using a drone for "espionage" on Tuesday, giving an extra edge to their winner-takes-all play-off to reach next year's World Cup.

"As I said after that game, it's all pretty irrelevant and after the first whistle goes tomorrow night it will come down to those 90 mins and whatever is said beforehand is meaningless".

"Let's not be innocent", he continued.

"I've never wavered in my confidence and belief in the players and that's because I've sensed in them they've always had a belief in what we're doing", he said.

Striking early will be important for Australia.