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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL–OFC play-off)

The 2006 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOLOFC 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.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
(CONMEBOLOFC play-off)
Aloisi penalty - The Moment.JPG
John Aloisi taking the decisive penalty
Event2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
1–1 on aggregate, Australia won 4–2 on penalties
First leg
Date12 November 2005
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeClaus Bo Larsen (Denmark)
Attendance55,000
WeatherClear
22 °C (72 °F)[1]
Second leg
Date16 November 2005
VenueTelstra Stadium, Sydney
RefereeLuis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)
Attendance82,698
WeatherMostly cloudy
17 °C (63 °F)[2]

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).

BackgroundEdit

Uruguay Round Australia
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 18 9 7 2 35 17 18 34
  Argentina 18 10 4 4 29 17 12 34
  Ecuador 18 8 4 6 23 19 4 28
  Paraguay 18 8 4 6 23 23 0 28
  Uruguay 18 6 7 5 23 28 −5 25
Final standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Australia 5 4 1 0 21 3 18 13
  Solomon Islands 5 3 1 1 9 6 3 10
  New Zealand 5 3 0 2 17 5 12 9
  Fiji 5 1 1 3 3 10 −7 4
  Tahiti 5 1 1 3 2 24 −22 4
  Vanuatu 5 1 0 4 5 9 −4 3
Final round
(OFC)
Opponent Result
1st leg   Solomon Islands (H) 7–0
2nd leg   Solomon Islands (A) 2–1

Play-off matchEdit

First legEdit

Uruguay  1–0  Australia
D. Rodríguez   37' (Report)
 
URUGUAY:
GK 1 Fabián Carini
DF 6 Diego López
DF 4 Paolo Montero (c)
DF 3 Darío Rodríguez   90+1'
MF 8 Carlos Diogo   64'
MF 5 Pablo García
MF 15 Diego Pérez
MF 21 Diego Forlán   19'
MF 9 Álvaro Recoba
FW 17 Marcelo Zalayeta   64'
FW 18 Richard Morales
Substitutions:
GK 12 Sebastián Viera
DF 2 Guillermo Rodríguez   64'
MF 7 Marcelo Sosa
MF 20 Martín Parodi
FW 10 Darío Silva   24'   19'
FW 11 Mario Regueiro
FW 13 Fabián Estoyanoff   64'
Manager:
Jorge Fossati
 
AUSTRALIA:
GK 1 Mark Schwarzer
DF 5 Tony Vidmar
DF 2 Lucas Neill
DF 6 Tony Popovic
MF 7 Brett Emerton
MF 19 Jason Culina
MF 3 Scott Chipperfield
MF 13 Vince Grella   90+1'
MF 10 Harry Kewell
FW 14 Archie Thompson   52'
FW 9 Mark Viduka (c)   80'
Substitutions:
GK 18 Željko Kalac
DF 12 Ljubo Miličević
MF 4 Tim Cahill
MF 8 Josip Skoko
MF 20 Luke Wilkshire
MF 23 Mark Bresciano   52'
FW 15 John Aloisi   80'
Manager:
  Guus Hiddink

OFFICIALS

MATCH RULES

Second legEdit

Australia  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Uruguay
Bresciano   35' (Report)
Penalties
Kewell  
Neill  
Vidmar  
Viduka  
Aloisi  
4–2   D. Rodríguez
  Varela
  Estoyanoff
  Zalayeta
Attendance: 82,698
 
AUSTRALIA:
GK 1 Mark Schwarzer
DF 2 Lucas Neill
DF 6 Tony Popovic   27'   31'
DF 5 Tony Vidmar   39'
MF 23 Mark Bresciano   96'
MF 4 Tim Cahill
MF 3 Scott Chipperfield
MF 19 Jason Culina   53'
MF 7 Brett Emerton   110'
MF 13 Vince Grella
FW 9 Mark Viduka (c)
Substitutions:
GK 18 Željko Kalac
DF 11 Stan Lazaridis
DF 12 Ljubo Miličević
MF 8 Josip Skoko   110'
MF 10 Harry Kewell   86'   31'
FW 14 Archie Thompson
FW 15 John Aloisi   96'
Manager:
  Guus Hiddink
 
URUGUAY:
GK 1 Fabián Carini
DF 2 Diego Lugano
DF 4 Paolo Montero (c)   81'
DF 6 Guillermo Rodríguez
DF 3 Darío Rodríguez   67'
DF 11 Mario Regueiro   44'   97'
MF 5 Pablo García   76'
MF 7 Gustavo Varela
MF 8 Carlos Diogo   45+1'
MF 9 Álvaro Recoba   72'
FW 18 Richard Morales   110'
Substitutions:
GK 12 Sebastián Viera
DF 21 Alejandro Lago
MF 14 Marcelo Sosa   81'
MF 19 Gonzalo de los Santos
FW 10 Darío Silva
FW 13 Fabián Estoyanoff   97'
FW 17 Marcelo Zalayeta   72'
Manager:
Jorge Fossati

OFFICIALS

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level:
  • 3 (of 7) substitutions permitted

AftermathEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History for Carrasco Intl. Airport, Uruguay". wunderground.com. 12 November 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ "History for Kingsford Smith Intl. Airport, Australia". wunderground.com. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2013.