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.
SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak will volunteer to take a penalty if a shoot-out is needed to separate Australia and Honduras tonight.
Honduras face the Socceroos at the same stadium on Wednesday night for the deciding second leg of their intercontinental playoff with the scores level at 0-0 after a tightly fought first leg in San Pedro Sula on Friday.
"It doesn't mean that not qualifying means that the game somehow ceases to exist, it's more about our continued growth".
While Football Federation Australia said they were not involved in the drone incident, Pinto said the affair was "embarrassing for such an advanced country".
Having dominated away, all the expectation is on the Socceroos to dominate the game and eventually make their chances count.
That's 8pm in Sydney and 3am for any hardy Hondurans looking to stay up and watch their team.
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.
And no expense was spared, with the charter flight reportedly coming in at a cost of around $A1 million - about $250,000 more than a commercial option.
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.
"I've never wavered in my confidence and belief in the players and that's because I've sensed in them they've always had a belief in what we're doing", he said.
Cahill scored both goals in Australia's tense victory of Syria, and all Socceroos players will be hoping the 37-year-old can produce the goods once again.
Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan return from suspension, while Robbie Kruse also appears to have recovered from injury. "When Australia went to Honduras, they checked every bathroom, every box at the stadiums where they trained and where they had the official training", he said.
"We will have to be aggressive and we will be even happier if we can go to Honduras with qualification".
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