Socceroos Football World Cup: Australia’s most memorable and best moments from tournaments gone by

nike promo web

new balance
free keto book

The proud underdog status of the Socceroos has delivered plenty of big moments at the FIFA World Cup ahead of Australia’s fifth appearance in the finals at this year’s showpiece in Qatar.

While the Aussies might not have the pedigree of some of the larger nations like Brazil, France and England, the old saying holds true: it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Here, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the five best moments from the Socceroos’ previous campaigns as they look to do their fans proud in Qatar.

Australia qualified for their fifth World Cup after beating Peru thanks to goalie Andrew Redmayne’s heroics in a thrilling penalty shootout (pictured) in June

Socceroos’ part-timers secure first-ever World Cup point

Australia qualified for their first ever World Cup finals in 1974, guided by their legendary coach Rale Rasic – but were drawn to face hosts West Germany, as well as East Germany, in the group stages.

It was very much a baptism of fire for Rasic’s Australia side, given how the squad was made up of part-timers and amateurs. 

Australia would lose their opening game to East Germany 2-0 before West Germany would go one better, beating them 3-0 – leaving the Socceroos to face Chile with nothing but pride on the line.

Australia's 1974 team was made up of amateurs who only played the game on a part-time basis - but they took the nation's first World Cup points with a hard-fought draw with Chile

Australia’s 1974 team was made up of amateurs who only played the game on a part-time basis – but they took the nation’s first World Cup points with a hard-fought draw with Chile

And that’s exactly what Rasic’s side won as they managed a goalless draw in their final group game.

With grit and determination, the part-timers clung on to their first ever point at the tournament – even as they were forced to play a man down after Ray Richards was sent off for a second yellow card.

Harry Kewell’s golden goal

Fast forward 32 years and Australia were back on the world’s stage having qualified for the 2006 tournament – only the second time the nation had reached football’s biggest stage.

See also  Transfer deadline day 2022: Antony, Arthur Melo, Aubameyang and Akanji news – live! | Transfer window

After winning their opening group game against Japan, they would go on to lose the following match to Brazil with Adriano and Fred downing the Socceroos.

Qualification for the knockout stages was on the line and Croatia were standing in their way of achieving that.

Needing a draw or a win to advance, Australia found themselves up against the wall from the get-go, with Darijo Srna breaking the deadlock after just two minutes. 

Former Liverpool forward Harry Kewell scored a crucial equaliser in the Aussies' 2-all draw with Croatia in 2006

Former Liverpool forward Harry Kewell scored a crucial equaliser in the Aussies’ 2-all draw with Croatia in 2006

Australia would find their way back into the game thanks to a Craig Moore penalty, but a Niko Kovac goal left the Socceroos staring down the barrel of a gun. 

Just when they looked down and out, up stepped seasoned veteran Harry Kewell with ice in his veins. He send fans into a frenzy by lashing in a second equaliser with 11 minutes of regulation time left.

The shot ensured Australia qualified for the knockout stages for the first time ever in what was one of the most emphatic goals in the nation’s history.

First World Cup goal – and first win – at Germany 2006

Australia have only qualified for four tournaments in their history, so scoring your first goal and subsequently sealing that maiden victory will live long in the country’s memory.

After landing themselves in a group with then-world champions Brazil, Australia were expected to duke it out for the final qualifying spot with Croatia and regional rivals Japan. 

They faced the Japanese first – and their return to the world’s stage after 32 years got off to a torrid start.

Japan managed to break the deadlock just before the half-hour mark after Shunsuke Nakamura sent a cross into the area as goalie Mark Schwarzer was bumped out of the way, allowing the ball to fly into the net untouched.

Tim Cahill went from saviour to hero by scoring Australia's first World Cup goals to seal the historic win over Japan

See also  Man United: Jadon Sancho feels Erik ten Hag is turning them around

Tim Cahill went from saviour to hero by scoring Australia’s first World Cup goals to seal the historic win over Japan

Cahill's (centre) stunning brace saw Australia beat Japan 3-1 at the 2006 World Cup - and he helped set up John Aloisi for a last-minute winner, too

Cahill’s (centre) stunning brace saw Australia beat Japan 3-1 at the 2006 World Cup – and he helped set up John Aloisi for a last-minute winner, too

Australia were stunned but they didn’t let their heads drop despite going into the half a goal down.

Socceroos boss Guus Hiddink sent on Tim Cahill to turn things around and that’s exactly what the Everton man did, capitalising on another goalkeeping error – this time from Japan – which allowed him to sweep the ball in amid a scramble for it in the box.

Australia’s first World Cup goal in the 84th minute sparked a brilliant comeback, with Cahill scoring again in the 89th minute before setting up John Aloisi a minute later to seal one of the greatest moments in the country’s World Cup history. 

Tim Cahill’s wondergoal against Holland, 2014

One of the greatest goals in World Cup history? You bet.

And it came from none other than Tim Cahill.

After falling behind to an Arjen Robben goal in Brazil in 2014, Australia responded instantly with a strike straight from the kick-off as Cahill got the ball rolling from the centre circle before making his way towards the Netherlands’ box.

The ball eventually made its way out wide to right back Ryan McGowan, who lofted a hopeful 42-metre ball into the box for Cahill to latch onto.

Cahill scored one of the best World Cup goals in history against Holland in 2014

Cahill scored one of the best World Cup goals in history against Holland in 2014

As the ball dropped out of the air, Cahill burst into the box before unleashing a fierce volley at goal, hitting it so sweetly that the keeper had no hope of touching it before it crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

See also  Transfer news LIVE: Latest club signings, deals and rumours

It looked like a shoo-in to win goal of the tournament that year but was eventually beaten by a superb chest and full volley from James Rodriguez in the knockout stages.

Australia also went on to lose the game 3-2 having led 2-1 at one point, but the goal is what football fans the world over remember from the tournament. 

Australia prove they’re the real deal against Italy, 2006

After reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup for the very first time, Australia’s campaign would end in heartbreak.

Having pulled off a superb win over Japan and then securing their spot in the knockout stage with a crucial draw against Croatia, Guus Hiddink’s men were pitted against Italy – the eventual winners of the tournament.

But while many would’ve cowered in the tunnel seeing the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso and Alessandro Del Piero across them, Australia stood tall, held their own and played their own game – and almost forced extra time.

Italy were also down to 10 men after Marco Materazzi was given his marching orders for a second yellow card offense in the 50th minute. 

Australia went toe-to-toe with 10-man Italy in their first-ever knockout stage game in 2006

Australia went toe-to-toe with 10-man Italy in their first-ever knockout stage game in 2006

But in the dying minutes, their dream of advancing in the competition was shattered in controversial fashion after Fabio Grosso was deemed to have been brought down by Lucas Neill inside the box in stoppage time.

Former Blackburn and Everton defender Neill protested his innocence but it was to no avail, allowing Francesco Totti to step up and smash the penalty in, knocking Australia out of the competition.

It may have been the end of their World Cup tournament, but the Socceroos could walk away from Germany with their heads held high, despite the controversial ending. 

nike promo web

anti radiation
new balance


Source link

crypto quantum