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Honduras coach cries espionage — Drone-gate

14 Noviembre 2017

The Socceroos earned a valuable 0-0 draw and were unfortunate not to score at least one away goal in the first leg of the inter-confederation play-off in San Pedro Sula last week.

After training at Sydney's ANZ Stadium Luis Pinto accused the Australians of spying on their training via a drone, while the Honduras football account also tweeted footage of it.

"Let's not be innocent it's espionage in football", Pinto said speaking through an interpreter. "Just like VAR [video assistant referee] has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage", Pinto said.

"So once again it's just an embarrassing incident and that the videos show more than anything a drone can show". Of that trio only Spain will be in Russia next year, and with Italy also failing to reach the finals for the first time since 1958, coach Ange Postecoglou is well aware how costly failure to qualify could be.

Both sides failed to convert chances in the opening quarter, with Australia looking shaky early but Honduras failing to convert several promising raids down the Socceroos' flanks. "The table's going to turn completely the other way's up to them (Honduras) to really step up this time". "They're a dangerous team, but more important for us is that we impose ourselves on the game", he added.

But Moore, who played as Iran overturned a 3-1 deficit at the MCG to stun Australia and qualify for the 1998 World Cup, was quick to point out that the Socceroos would not take its opponents for granted. "I dreamed about it as a boy and for me, playing in one was everything I imagined and more".

"I'll be even happier if we are able to go back to Honduras with (World Cup) qualification with us".

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

However, Pinto dismissed the explanation during his pre-match news conference on Tuesday.

According to Honduran newspaper La Prensa, Honduras team management sent up drones of their own in 2016 to ensure no unauthorised parties were monitoring their training sessions.

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 World Cup provides a real opportunity to grow football ... people who don't always watch our game watch when a World Cup is on".