Honduras Accuse Australia Of "Espionage" Ahead Of Crucial World Cup Qualifier

Highlights from the Socceroos 0-0 draw with Honduras

Highlights from the Socceroos 0-0 draw with Honduras

Nimble young winger Alberth Elis is back from suspension for Wednesday night's all-deciding second play-off leg and brings supersonic speed to match the attacking prowess that gained global attention at last year's Rio Olympics.

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.

The Australian squad flew directly home from Honduras on a charter flight brimming with rehabilitation equipment for the players and landed on Sunday, a day ahead of Pinto's squad.

The second leg of the play-off takes place on Wednesday at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, with Honduras aiming to reach their third consecutive finals and Australia their fourth.

When Ange Postecoglou decides who to deploy on Australia's left flank against Honduras, it will be with one particular opponent in mind. "Just like VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage".

Postecoglou 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".

Concede an away goal and things get a bit trickier, but nevertheless the same objective stands. "They're a dangerous team, but more important for us is that we impose ourselves on the game", he added.

"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. "I dreamed about it as a boy and for me, playing in one was everything I imagined and more".

"He's ready to go from the start", Postecoglou said. And, most importantly, we have got to score goals, otherwise we will leave the door open.

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

The Hondurans will concede possession and look to strike in transition, and if they have done their homework they will have pinpointed that as Australia's weakness.

Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto launched a scathing attack on the Socceroos, accusing them of spying on his team, saying it was an embarrassment to Australia.

Moore said Wednesday's clash, kicking off at 8pm, is Australia's biggest since the famous 2005 playoff success against Uruguay, which came after John Aloisi struck the winning penalty in a shootout dominated by Mark Schwarzer's heroic saves. "Tomorrow is not going to be the exception".

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