Away form boosts Honduras for Australia showdown

Honduras players (pictured) show unity prior to the first leg of their World Cup Qualifying intercontinental playoff against visiting Australia on November 10, 2017, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

SYDNEY, Australia – Recent road results in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup should give Honduras confidence heading into the second leg of its intercontinental playoff against Australia on Wednesday.

The Catrachos went unbeaten in their last three away fixtures in the Hexagonal, collecting five of a possible nine points (1W-2D-0L).

“We know winning away can be done,” said Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto after scoreless in the first leg on Friday.  “They’ll have to take risks.  The match will be toe-to-toe.  They won’t find themselves against an easy team.”

A 2-2 draw with Panama (June 13, 2017) launched that trio of successful CONCACAF away encounters, continuing with a 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago (September 1, 2017) and concluding with 1-1 draw at rival Costa Rica (October 7, 2017).

In what will be its last 2018 WCQ match on opposing territory, Honduras will visit Sydney’s ANZ Stadium knowing that a win or score draw will guarantee passage to Russia.

“There is another match left in which we are going to fight like Australia did coming here,” Pinto finished.  “There, we will have to go to give it a fight.”

Honduras is seeking a third consecutive World Cup berth and fourth overall.


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