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Match Preview: Socceroos vs Honduras - It's win or bust for Russia

Match Preview: Socceroos vs Honduras - It's win or bust for Russia

That's after video footage was recored and shared on social media this week from the Honduras training session at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

While the Honduras travelled to Sydney via a gruelling commercial flight minus the luxuries of the Socceroos, they will be able to bring in some fresher legs with striker Eddie Hernandez expected to feature.

Spying allegations were directed at the Socceroos on Monday after the Honduran football association caught sight of a drone hovering above their training session at ANZ Stadium.

"Let's not be innocent, it's espionage", he said.

"Like (the video assistant referee) made its way into football, drones have made their way into espionage". "Takes some of the merit away from the fair play of the sporting event tomorrow".

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. Maybe if your job was on the line on Wednesday you'd be writing about that and not anything else", he replied.

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.

Whoever wins the match on Wednesday will advance to Russia next summer.

"But more importantly, it [qualification] is so crucial for the growth of the game and the interest of the game".

However, Pinto is refusing to believe the Australian and stadium officials, remaining firm the Socceroos were engaging in attempted "espionage". Australia went through the last round of Asian qualifying with just one loss from 10 games, yet still missed out on one of the four direct entries to Russia on goals difference.

It has been a long campaign for both squads.

Australia failed to convert two clear chances to score in San Pedro Sula last Friday, but Postecoglou said he was content to come back to Australia on level terms.

"Without a doubt we'll be employing long balls tomorrow", he said.

Moore said Wednesday's clash, kicking off at 8pm, is Australia's biggest since the famous 2005 playoff success against Uruguay, which came after John Aloisi struck the winning penalty in a shootout dominated by Mark Schwarzer's heroic saves.

The Sydney news conference was broadcast on TV in Honduras, and Pinto was asked if he had a message for the team's fans.