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Socceroos Draw The First Leg Of The World Cup Qualifier

14 Noviembre 2017

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday.

With the tie poised at 0-0 after the first leg, the winner of the match in Sydney will progress to the finals next summer.

Postecoglou is set to call on at least two of the quartet to start and Moore thinks it could help swing the encounter Australia's way.

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.

The Honduran squad, who have previously suspended captain Maynor Figueroa and speedy winger Alberth Elis back in their arsenal, finally arrived in Sydney on Monday morning nearly a day after Australia.

"It just takes some of the merit away from fair play and the sporting event that will be held tomorrow".

"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".

And given that performance, plus the added perks of a home pitch and the effects of a chartered flight with state of the art recovery technology, the signs are good.

"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".

However, Pinto was not to be fooled by some bogus Australian inquest and doubled down on his accusation yesterday, while also claiming a Honduras journalist has been leaking tactics to the Australian team prior to the game. Much of Australian media have dismissed Honduras's chances in Sydney after they were largely outplayed at home but Socceroos defender Josh Risdon struck a note of caution. They were understood to be advised the use of drones was not permitted in Olympic Park.

Postecoglou can call on trio Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse and Mark Milligan for the second leg if he wishes, with all three unavailable for the opener due to suspension or injury. Striking early will be important for Australia.

"We are flat out focusing on ourselves".

"They definitely won't take them for granted. 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.

Moore and 24.7 million other Australians will hope Honduras' drought starts again.