Honduras Boss Blasts Hosts Australia Amid Drone 'Espionage' Claims

Ange Postecoglou's side will reach sport's most-watched event if it beats Honduras at Stadium Australia after the two nations played out a goalless draw in San Pedro Sula on Saturday (AEDT).

Socceroos legend Craig Moore said a fast start is crucial if Australia is to defeat Honduras and qualify for the FIFA World Cup on Wednesday evening.

The Honduran football association, Fenafuth, accused Football Federation Australia of attempting to film the visitors' training session at ANZ Stadium on Monday evening after a drone was seen flying over the venue.

"Let's not be innocent", he continued. "Just like VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage". Such will be their control on the game that that could just about be Honduras' only route to goal, via a mistake.

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"It was great to get the minutes and see the game through. after that it was all about recovering and recuperating", 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.

"I know usually sometimes boys offer to put their hand up; who's feeling comfortable and confident at the time is usually how it goes".

Pinto is adamant the hosts used unsporting means to gain advantage and called the incident 'embarrassing'. We are just hoping for a good game tomorrow.

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Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan return from suspension, while Robbie Kruse also appears to have recovered from injury. The players were eventually allowed to train on the pitch after wearing bibs and pullovers that hid the logo.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for Wednesday night's game, Pinto remained firm with his allegations, suggesting the Socceroos tarnished the reputation of their country. "We need to be aggressive and I'll be even happier we're able to go back to Honduras with qualification".

"Unfortunately we had a few chances, myself included, that we didn't capitalise on", Juric said.

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. There was a fair bit of drama before the first game and again we stayed right out of it.

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.

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