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HON­DURAS coach Jorge Luis Pinto has ac­cused Aus­tralia of “es­pi­onage” after al­leg­ing they had used a drone to film his team’s train­ing ses­sions ahead of Wed­nes­day’s de­ci­sive World Cup play-off match.

The Hon­duran Na­tional Football Fed­er­a­tion on Mon­day posted on Twit­ter footage of a drone fly­ing above Syd­ney’s Olympic Sta­dium where the team trained after their long flight from Cen­tral Amer­ica.

Hon­duras face the Soc­ceroos at the same sta­dium on Wed­nes­day in the de­cid­ing sec­ond leg of their in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal play­off with the scores level at 0-0 after a tight first leg in San Pe­dro Sula on Fri­day.

While Football Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia said they were not in­volved in the drone in­ci­dent, Pinto said the af­fair was “em­bar­rass­ing for such an ad­vanced coun­try”.

“Let’s not be in­no­cent, it’s es­pi­onage in football,” he told re­porters through a trans­la­tor on Tues­day.

‘Peru must break down NZ de­fence’

PERU for­ward Jef­fer­son Far­fan said his team will try “ev­ery way pos­si­ble” to break down New Zealand’s de­fence when they meet in the de­ci­sive leg of their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing play-off here on Wed­nes­day.

The Blan­quir­roja and the All Whites played out a goal­less draw in the first leg in Welling­ton on Satur­day and Far­fan said the clash at Es­ta­dio Na­cional in Lima would be just as dif­fi­cult, re­ports Xin­hua new sagency.

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