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The 2004 OFC Nations Cup doubled as the qualification tournament to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, except the two-legged final (A separate playoff between Australia and Solomon Islands was held in September 2005, for World Cup Qualifying purposes).

2004 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates29 May – 12 October
Teams6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Australia (4th title)
Runners-up Solomon Islands
Third place New Zealand
Fourth place Fiji
Tournament statistics
Matches played17
Goals scored69 (4.06 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Tim Cahill
New Zealand Vaughan Coveny
(6 goals each)
2002
2008

The competition was divided in two Group stages (the first is the Qualifying Stage), with Australia and New Zealand seeded into the second stage (Final Stage). The Oceania champion (Australia) qualified for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

QualificationEdit

The 10 teams in the first round were divided into two groups of five teams each. Within each group, every team played every other team once. The top two teams from each group then progressed to the second group stage, where they were joined by the two seeded teams.

SquadsEdit

Final tournamentEdit

The four surviving members (first and second place teams from each group in stage one) of the first stage joined the two seeded teams (Australia and New Zealand) and took part in a tournament where each team played every other once in a tournament held in Adelaide, Australia.

As this doubled as the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, the top two teams from the second group stage progressed to a two-legged final to determine the winner of the OFC Nations Cup. These two games on home-and-away basis was separate from World Cup qualifying.

The top two teams from this stage also progressed to the final stage of the 2006 Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Australia 5 4 1 0 21 3 +18 13 2–2 1–0 6–1 9–0 3–0
  Solomon Islands 5 3 1 1 9 6 +3 10 4–0 1–0
  New Zealand 5 3 0 2 17 5 +12 9 3–0 10–0 2–4
  Fiji 5 1 1 3 3 10 −7 4 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–0
  Tahiti 5 1 1 3 2 24 −22 4 2–1
  Vanuatu 5 1 0 4 5 9 −4 3

Australia and the Solomon Islands progressed to the final stage.

Vanuatu  0–1  Solomon Islands
[1] Batram Suri   51' (pen.)
Tahiti  0–0  Fiji
[2]
Attendance: 3,000
Australia  1–0  New Zealand
Bresciano   40' [3]
Attendance: 12,130

New Zealand  3–0  Solomon Islands
Fisher   36'
Oughton   81'
Lines   90'
[4]
Australia  9–0  Tahiti
Cahill   14'47'
Skoko   43'
Simon   44' (o.g.)
Sterjovski   51'61'74'
Zdrilic   85'
Chipperfield   89'
[5]
Attendance: 1,200
Fiji  1–0  Vanuatu
Toma   73' [6]

Australia  6–1  Fiji
Madaschi   6'50'
Cahill   39'66'75'
Elrich   89'
[7] Gataurua   19'
Tahiti  0–4  Solomon Islands
[8] Fa'arodo   9'
Menapi   14'80'
Batram Suri   42'
Attendance: 50
Referee: Leone Rakaroi (Fiji)
Vanuatu  4–2  New Zealand
Chilia   37'
Bibi   64'
Maleb   72'
Qorig   88'
[9] Coveny   61'75'

New Zealand  10–0  Tahiti
Coveny   6'38'45'
Fisher   16'22'63'
Jones   72'
Oughton   74'
Nelsen   82'87'
[10]
Fiji  1–2  Solomon Islands
Toma   21' [11] Kakai   16'
Houkarawa   82'
Attendance: 1,500
Vanuatu  0–3  Australia
[12] Aloisi   25'85'
Emerton   81'

Tahiti  2–1  Vanuatu
Temataua   40'
Wajoka   89'
[13] Iwai   23'
Fiji  0–2  New Zealand
[14] Bunce   8'
Coveny   56'
Solomon Islands  2–2  Australia
Menapi   43'75' [15] Cahill   50'
Emerton   52'

FinalEdit

The final of the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup was a two-legged home and away final between the top two teams from the second group stage.

Solomon Islands  1–5  Australia
Batram Suri   60' [16] Skoko   5'28'
Milicic   19'
Emerton   43'
Elrich   79'

Australia  6–0  Solomon Islands
Milicic   5'
Kewell   8'
Vidmar   60'
Thompson   79'
Elrich   82'
Emerton   89'
[17]
Attendance: 19,208
Referee: Leone Rakaroi (Fiji)

Australia won 11–1 on aggregate and became the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup Champions. They also qualified for the 2005 Confederations Cup.

Although the second round of 2004 OFC Nations Cup doubled the second round of 2006 FIFA World Cup Oceanian qualification, the final play-off for the World Cup was held separately. Australia defeated Solomon Islands again, winning 9–1 on aggregate, and advanced to a play-off against the CONMEBOL (South American) nation Uruguay.

Goalscorers (final stage)Edit

Goalscorers (both stages)Edit

External linksEdit

  • RSSF Accessed 21 February 2010.