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Australia eye triumphant conclusion to longest campaign — Soccer

Australia eye triumphant conclusion to longest campaign — Soccer

The Honduras football team has finally arrived in Sydney ahead of Wednesday night's crucial FIFA World Cup play-off against Australia.

"That's what it's all about, putting your body on the line and sacrificing for these two games, for such a big occasion for our country to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup".

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.

"So once again it's just an embarrassing incident and that the videos show more than anything a drone can show".

Coach Jorge Luis Pinto called it "embarrassing" after a drone was spotted hovering near an official training session - even though Australian reports said it was being flown by children.

Australia had a penalty call they thought they should have gone their way in the first game.

The Socceroos' all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, 37-year-old Cahill said he was not thinking about an alternative result to winning, and whether that would spell the end of his international career.

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.

The two nations played out a goalless draw on Saturday in the first leg before the Socceroos raced to the airport in a bid to best prepare for the return meeting.

"If we dictate the game, as we have done in the past, we're going to be difficult to stop".

Australia will also have the luxury of fresh legs, with Mathew Leckie and midfielder Mark Milligan available after missing the first leg due to suspension.

He added: "Let's not be naive". "The table's going to turn completely the other way around.it's up to them (Honduras) to really step up this time".

"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.

"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".

But a draw, if it is not 0-0, will see Honduras progress via away goals, while a defeat comes with obvious consequences.