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Honduras accuses Australia of spying by drone ahead of World Cup playoff

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Alejandro Castrejon | Noviembre 14, 2017, 12:05

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

Honduras face the Socceroos at the same stadium on Wednesday in the deciding second leg of their intercontinental playoff with the scores level at 0-0 after a tight first leg in San Pedro Sula on Friday.

"When Australia went to Honduras, they checked every bathroom, every box at the stadiums where they trained and where they had the official training", he said.

"This has been the longest World Cup campaign taken by any nation in the amount of games played and the kilometres travelled, so you don't want that to all mean nothing", Postecoglou said.

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

The Hondurans will arrive later on a commercial jet and will have less time to acclimatise before the match at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

"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.

Australia joined Honduras in having their yellow card count wiped, meaning there are no suspensions to contend with. It needs to be controlled.

In a scene more like a James Bond movie rather than a football game, the 64 year-old coach insisted it was the work of Australian spies.

Socceroos Expected XI (3-2-4-1): Ryan (GK); Milligan, Sainsbury, Jurman; Luongo, Jedinak; Leckie, Behich, Kruse, Mooy; Juric.

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.

At stake is a place at soccer's top table for a fourth successive World Cup and another huge shot in the arm for a game that has made huge strides in recent years but still lags behind rugby league and Australian Rules in popularity.

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.

"The feeling within the camp is that we're ready for a big game tomorrow night and hopefully getting the job done", he said. Striking early will be important for Australia.