Australia vs Honduras 15/11/2017
Time is of the essence in this vital second leg of the Intercontinental playoffs. Just hours after the first leg ended goalless in Honduras, Australia quickly got onto their chartered plane – hired at $250,000 – and recuperated swiftly, adjusting their biological clock with cutting edge technology.
The Hondurans, meanwhile, arrived via commercial flights only on Monday morning, more than 18 hours after the Australians.
Australia veteran Tim Cahill says he is fit to start in Sydney after being rested due to an ankle injury. The former Everton man scored a double against Syria last month to put the Aussies into this playoff.
Cahill is the country’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals from his 103 appearances.
Australia will also have the luxury of more fresh legs with forward Mathew Leckie and midfielder Mark Milligan available after missing the first leg due to suspension.
Honduras – who finished fourth in North, Central American and Caribbean qualifying, above the eliminated United States – are aiming to reach a third consecutive World Cup finals.