Australia eye triumphant conclusion to longest campaign — Soccer

Australia eye triumphant conclusion to longest campaign — Soccer”

Memories of the 1997 playoff, when Iran came from 2-0 down in the second leg in Melbourne to go through on away goals, will always haunt Australian fans but Postecoglou is confident his players will finish the job against Honduras. "We weren't involved", said a spokesman for Football Federation Australia (FFA).

Hertha Berlin forward Mathew Leckie, who missed the trip to Honduras because of a hamstring injury, is also available.

Both Honduras and Australia trained at ANZ Stadium on Monday.

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.

Fenafuth released the footage and tweeted: "Australia is spying on the official training of Honduras from a drone; the occasion is disturbing the team and the Honduran delegation".

But asked about it on Tuesday Pinto was having none of it, even suggesting Australian officials had inspected every nook and cranny in San Pedro Sula in case they'd been bugged before the weekend's first-leg scoreless draw.

"I think the incident is embarrassing for such an advanced country".

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. The video shows more than anything, what the drone can show.

"Let's not be innocent, it's espionage in football".

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

The match commissioner attempted to deny Honduras access to the playing field on the basis of their commercial partners, which sparked a heated row with coach Jose Luis Pinto and Honduras' support staff. The players were eventually allowed to train on the pitch after wearing bibs and pullovers that hid the logo.

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.

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".

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