Sydney awaits the Caltex Socceroos

As you enjoy the rest of your Saturday, the Caltex Socceroos will be ferried out of the Stadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula under tight security, straight to a waiting chartered flight at the nearby airport to fly out of Honduras bound for Sydney.

After an impressive 0-0 on a poor pitch, the Caltex Socceroos are in a good position ahead of the second leg.

Why? Firstly, with only five days between games, recovery is utterly vital.

Flying back on a chartered flight - rather than a commercial - means the players will arrive on Sunday in Sydney almost a day before the Hondurans touchdown.

The pitch was extremely heavy in Honduras. It was humid, too. With such a tight turnaround, recovery measures are crucial.

Bailey Wright


Their recovery will begin on the plane where they can stretch out and enjoy all the benefits of FFA's world class sports science experts – even during a brief stopover in Hawaii.

All aspects of the players' physical condition will be factored in.

Sound familiar? It’s exactly like Uruguay 2005.

Secondly, Australia don't have to chase a result at home.

While a win would've been ideal - and perhaps the right result given the quality of performance - the Hondurans now must try to hold off a rampant Aussie team at Stadium Australia without the benefit of a goal advantage.

And with a long commercial flight via LA, Jorge Luis Pinto's side will need all their reserves of fitness to keep up with the Australians for a second leg that potentially could be over 120 minutes.



No doubt about it, Honduras will rue not winning at home.

Then there's the atmosphere.

It was very loud in San Pedro Sula. Their almost 40,000 fans were magnificent.

But now, 80,000 plus Aussies will be cheering wildly.

And in Sydney next Wednesday night, a new generation of fans will join many of those who were at Stadium Australia 12 years ago for such a defining night in Australian sport when Australia defeated Uruguay on penalties.

It was an absolute cauldron in San Pedro today – it'll be a wall of noise for Aussie boys in Sydney.

As Tomi Juric said post-game, he wanted a similar atmosphere to the Asian Cup Final in 2015.

For the fans, it’s your time to be the 12th man for your nation.

And Australia is in a decent position heading into their final game of a mammoth qualification journey as they aim to secure a fourth consecutive World Cup qualification.

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