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Honduras accuse Aussies of drone 'espionage — Football

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Montrelle Montesinos | 14 Noviembre, 2017, 12:05

A spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia is up for grabs and tensions are high between both sides, especially after the Honduras head coach's assertions relating to the spotting of a drone at a training session in Sydney on Monday. "We weren't involved", said a spokesman for Football Federation Australia (FFA).

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.

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.

"In terms of the game, it's always important, you want to be there when the World Cup's played, we saw with Italy missing out this morning, and you realise the impact that has", he told reporters on Tuesday.

They appear in good shape on the injury front too, with each team member training fully on Monday.

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

Based on the evidence of the opening leg, the Socceroos should have far too much quality and endurance, but Honduras of course will not lay down easily.

The match will kick off at 9am UK time.

"The videos show more than anything a drone can show".

"We're not going to be blasé in any way".

"Regardless of the incident with the drone, and the possibility of a journalist from Honduras leaking information regarding our team, we are happy with the welcome we have had here", said Pinto.

These nations have met just once at senior level, and that was Saturday's 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula.

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.

A penalty for the visitors was controversially reversed in the 20th minute after Escober collided with Bailey Wright, who had headed over the crossbar, with Argentinian referee Néstor Pitana changing his decision following a consultation with his assistant.