Honduras Accuses Australia Of Spying With A Drone Before World Cup Playoff

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Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto has accused Australia of "espionage" in the build-up to the first leg of their World Cup play-off last Friday.

Jedinak is Australia's first-choice penalty taker, scoring twice from the spot against Thailand in a 2-2 draw last November and in Melbourne against Japan to force a 1-1 draw. "Maybe if your job was on the line on Wednesday you'd be writing about that and not anything else", he replied. 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.

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".

When quizzed on the drone, Pinto said: "I think the incident is embarrassing for such an advanced country".

Something that is far more certain is Cahill's enduring status as a talisman for Australia, having scored a succession of crucial goals at home and abroad during the past decade and more - including a double that saw off Syria at the previous stage.

Both sides failed to convert chances in the opening quarter, with Australia looking shaky early but Honduras failing to convert several promising raids down the Socceroos' flanks.

A boy and his father playing with a new toy may have caused an international sporting furore between Australia and Honduras, after allegations of "espionage" surfaced when a drone was spotted at Olympic Park.

"Elis has explosive speed that we can use for the second game", Pinto said.

The team promptly tweeted a video of the small device next to the caption: "Australia spy Honduras training from a drone, which caused upset to the team and Honduran delegation".

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

Australia's all-time top scorer Tim Cahill also sat out the Honduras clash, albeit from the bench, as he recovered from an ankle problem.

"That will be very important, as will be the home support".

"We are flat out focusing on ourselves".

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

Moore and 24.7 million other Australians will hope Honduras' drought starts again.