Australia’s campaign to qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico boiled down to two games against Scotland in 1985 – and delivered another dose of dismay to Socceroos fans.
Australia-s campaign to qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico boiled down to two games against Scotland in 1985 - and delivered another dose of dismay to Socceroos fans.
The game wasn-t one to live long in the memory but was at least notable for the visit of future Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
After a strong run of results during which the Socceroos saw off the likes of New Zealand and Israel, all that lay in the way was a two-legged decider against Scotland.
The Scots got the upper hand, winning the first leg 2-0 at Hampden Park, so the Socceroos knew exactly what they had to do in the return game at Melbourne-s Olympic Park.
Australia coach had a plan and told the Scots to “pack their sunscreen” as he aimed to used Australia-s climate to his advantage - but for some unknown reason, it was decided the game would be played in the cool evening instead and the Socceroos found themselves chasing the game right from the start.
In a hard-fought game, the Socceroos pushed the visitors all the way, throwing everything they had at Ferguson-s determined Scottish side.
John Kosmina went close with a header and Zarko Odzakov grazed the crossbar with a rocket of a free kick but it wasn-t to be, as Scotland held onto their lead and Australia faced watching another World Cup from the sidelines.
Enjoy Scotland great Kenny Dalglish's engaging commentary and fine mullet in this highlights package from the '80s...
Football Family members have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to the Qantas Socceroos- next FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, both to be held in Sydney, against Oman on March 26 and Iraq on June 18.
Presale are available now, until 9pm on Sunday, 5 August, with Football Family members to receive a 15 per cent discount for tickets to both matches, which will cost just $68, alternatively single match tickets start from just $36 at a 10 per cent discount.
If you are not yet a Football Family member you can join for free by clicking here.
Be the first to get your tickets and get behind the Qantas Socceroos as they head toward Brazil 2014! Click here for full ticket details.
Heat, humidity, altitude and air miles: what the Caltex Socceroos can expect on the road to Qatar
The Caltex Socceroos? road to Qatar 2022 is likely to be a long and winding one, featuring intense heat, humidity, altitude and countless air miles. Having received a bye through their first round of Asian Football Confederation qualifying for FIFA World Cup 2022, Graham Arnol
‘I’m loving being back’: Behich beams about return to Turkey
Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich has his sights set on Champions League football with new club ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir FK after making a ?smooth transition? back into Turkish Football. After spending last season in Holland at PSV Eindhoven, Behich has returned to Turkey where
Gary van Egmond names maiden Young Socceroos squad
New Young Socceroos Head Coach Gary van Egmond today named his maiden squad in charge of Australia?s under-20 men?s national football team. Van Egmond has selected 30 players for a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from Sunday, 28 July 2019 to Fri
Behich: Caltex Socceroos can ‘make a statement in Asia’ on the road to Qatar
Aziz Behich has vowed the Caltex Socceroos are ready to ?make a statement in Asia? during their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign. The group stage of the second round of Asian Football Confederation qualifiers was drawn on Wednesday night and pitted Australia up against