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 By Jason Dasey

Socceroos need to keep Ange, make harsh decisions for 2018 World Cup

Jason Dasey and Gary Phillips assess what Australia must improve upon ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

After the longest qualifying campaign in their history, Australia secured their place in a fourth consecutive World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Honduras in their second-leg playoff in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Over 22 games, dating back almost two-and-a-half years years, the Socceroos may have looked unconvincing on occasions. However, they did show resilience to negotiate trips to far-off places like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and hold their nerve in four playoff games.

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 By AAP

Honduras levels spying accusation at Australia: 'It's espionage in football'

Jason Dasey and Gary Phillips assess what Australia must improve upon ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Australia midfielder Mark Milligan likes his side's chances in their second leg against Honduras at ANZ Stadium.
Tim Cahill says he is ready to play but unsure how long his ankle will last in Australia's second leg against Honduras.

It turned out to be a family playing with a rather modern toy, yet Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto has refused to let go of the "embarrassing" drone incident that is causing drama ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifying finale.

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

The team promptly tweeted a video of the small device next to the caption: "Australia spy...

 By AAP

Honduras touches down in Sydney 18 hours after rivals Australia

Australia midfielder Mark Milligan likes his side's chances in their second leg against Honduras at ANZ Stadium.

Their journey was longer but the Honduras team didn't appear unduly weary when they arrived in Sydney for Wednesday's do-or-die World Cup playoff second leg clash with the Socceroos.

The Hondurans arrived via commercial flights on Monday morning, more than 18 hours after the Socceroos' specially-equipped charter flight touched down following its hasty post-match departure from Honduras.

The players emerged in team gear and stopped and posed for photographs with around 25 of their cheering fans gathered...