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Drone-gate: Honduras coach cries espionage

14 Noviembre 2017

Australia will hope that former Everton star Tim Cahill, who scored both goals in the Socceroos' 2-1 home win against Syria in the Asia play-off, is fit to take his place in the team for this match; the veteran striker may be 37, but he remains a pivotal figure for Postecoglou's charges.

The Socceroos held Honduras to a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula on Friday but wasted a number of chances to secure a precious away goal and bring the advantage to the return match in Sydney.

"This has been the longest World Cup campaign taken by any nation both in the amount of games and in kilometres travelled", Postecoglou said.

Pinto was also involved in a row with the media at the start of Monday's session when he tried to close training before the 15 minutes of open access allowed under FIFA rules.

Overall though, Australia should be happier with the goalless draw and will be keen to finish the job on home soil in Sydney.

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. It's espionage in football that begins to happen with this technology.

"I just think about the end result of contributing to getting to a fourth consecutive World Cup".

And no expense was spared, with the charter flight reportedly coming in at a cost of around $A1 million - about $250,000 more than a commercial option.

Changes to the lineup that started at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano should be expected, either to inject new blood or, as Postecoglou has put it, to put the pedal down. They were understood to be advised the use of drones was not permitted in Olympic Park.

Australia will also have the luxury of fresh legs, with Mathew Leckie and midfielder Mark Milligan available after missing the first leg due to suspension.

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". Australian national soccer team coach Ange Postecoglou talks to an assistant during a training session ahead of their World Cup playoff against Honduras.

Australia vs Honduras will not be shown live on UK television.

Drone-gate: Honduras coach cries espionage