Martes, 21 Noviembre, 2017

Cahill fit for showdown with Honduras

A stern-looking football coach walks with his eyes cast downwards Match Preview: Socceroos vs Honduras – It's win or bust for Russia
Montrelle Montesinos | 14 Noviembre, 2017, 19:46

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.

Now back home and playing in the A-League for Melbourne City, the 37-year-old was an unused substitute in Honduras but has been given a clean bill of health by his coach after overcoming an ankle injury.

"It's up to the opposition to try and stop us and keep up with us".

During the session, a drone was spotted high in the air, hovering above the stadium.

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.

Instead, Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan needed to make a save, keeping out a powerful Carlos Costly effort as the tense clash finished goalless.

The first leg last Friday ended in a 0-0 draw, leaving a spot at next year's World Cup at stake Wednesday at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

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.

Despite accusation of covers ups, dirty tricks and double agents, Pinto still found time to praise Australia for its hospitality. [My focus is] on making sure we win on Wednesday night.

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".

A lack of finish in front of the goals was evident again in the Asian playoff against Syria, which the Australians won courtesy of Tim Cahill's two goals in Sydney to reach the intercontinental playoff.

As has been vigorously reported, this could prove Ange Postecoglou's final match in charge, and whether he likes it or not, failure to qualify for the World Cup will see his legacy seriously damaged.

Pinto is adamant the hosts used unsporting means to gain advantage and called the incident 'embarrassing'.

"I've seen a lot of videos of the Australian team", Pinto said.

Pinto went on to claim the incidents have not deterred from their preparations. "Tomorrow is not going to be the exception. Honduras will have the mentality, hunger and desire - they have a very similar profile to ours", he said.