On the way to their debut World Cup finals appearance at West Germany ’74, the Socceroos steamrolled Iran on home soil.
On the way to their debut World Cup finals appearance at West Germany -74, the Socceroos steamrolled Iran on home soil.
The old Sydney Sports Ground was packed with 30,000 fans to watch Rale Rasic-s Australia side host Iran in the second phase final of the Asian qualifying campaign.
After finishing top of their group on goal difference alone, Australia couldn-t be completely confident ahead of the match, put the green-and-gold took to Iran in a stellar performance.
Doug Utjesenovic provided the ammo, as his long-range free kick caused havoc in the box, where Adrian Alston was on hand to smash it home just before half-time.
Attila Abonyi made it two right after the break, sprinting past the Iran defence and firing high into the roof of the net.
But it was Peter Wilson-s third - a header from another Utjesenovic free kick - that proved vital, as the Socceroos lost the return leg in Tehran 2-0, but had done enough at home to secure a spot in the final round of qualifying against South Korea.
From there, history awaited...
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