2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL–OFC play-off)
The 2006 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL–OFC qualification play-off was a two-legged home-and-away tie between the winners of the Oceania qualifying tournament, Australia, and the fifth-placed team from the South American qualifying tournament, Uruguay. It still remains as the only match where a country has qualified for the FIFA World Cup Finals on a penalty shoot out.
John Aloisi taking the decisive penalty
|Event||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1–1 on aggregate, Australia won 4–2 on penalties|
|Date||12 November 2005|
|Venue||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo|
|Referee||Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)|
22 °C (72 °F)
|Date||16 November 2005|
|Venue||Telstra Stadium, Sydney|
|Referee||Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)|
17 °C (63 °F)
The games were played on 12 and 16 November 2005 in Montevideo and Sydney respectively. With the home team winning 1–0 in both matches, the aggregate score was tied 1–1, and, with no away goal advantage, the play-off was decided by a penalty shootout, which Australia won 4–2 in order to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since the 1974 tournament.
It was the second consecutive FIFA World Cup where the two sides had played each other for a place in the tournament. On the first occasion in 2001, Uruguay won 3–1 on aggregate. The draw for determining the order of the home and away legs was made at a FIFA congress on 10 September 2005. Australia finally won a FIFA World Cup play-off after losing to Scotland (1986), Argentina (1994), Iran (1998) and Uruguay (2002).
|1st leg||Solomon Islands (H)||7–0|
|2nd leg||Solomon Islands (A)||2–1|
|D. Rodríguez 37'||(Report)|
|4–2|| D. Rodríguez
Australia qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany and were drawn into Group F with defending champions Brazil, Croatia and Japan. After beating Japan 3–1 in their opening match, Australia lost 2–0 to Brazil and in the final match they also drew 2–2 with Croatia, finishing second in the group on four points. In the Round of 16, Australia were defeated 1–0 by the eventual champions, Italy.
For Uruguay it was the third FIFA World Cup out of four since 1990 they failed to qualify. Jorge Fossati lost his job and rehired Óscar Tabárez who managed the team before (1988–1990), and Uruguay entered the Proceso era breaking many records and have qualified for every FIFA World Cup since 2010.
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