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22.June 74 - 16:00 Berlin, Chile vs. Australia                                               mail an Andre

Line ups before the game

22.06.1974 Olympiastadion (Berlin), 4:00pm
AUSTRALIA - CHILE 0:0 (0:0)

16,038 spectators - Referee: Jaffar Namdar (Iran),

Linesman: Loraux (Belgium), van Gemert (Netherlands),  FIFA offical: General Mustafa (Egypt)
Australia : Reilly - Utjesenovic, Wilson (c), Schaefer, Curran (Williams 82)
Richards, Rooney, Mackay, Abonyi - Alston (Ollerton 65), Buljevic - Coach: R Rasic.
Chile : Vallejos - Garcia, Quintano, Arias, E. Figueroa - Caszely, Valdez (c) (Farias, 58),
Ahumada, Veliz (Yavar 72), Reinoso, Paez - Coach: L.Alamos.
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Booked: Richards (36)
Booked: Richards (80)
Sent-off: Richards (83)

Atti Abonyi against PaezThis was Australia's last game in Germany for the World Cup. Although Australia could not qualify for the second phase, Chile could with a win.
It was a cold and fresh day and a little bit of rain. The poor weather was a reason for the relativly small attendance of around 16,000.
More tickets had been sold but the weather kept many at home. Those who did come to the Berliner Olympic Stadium saw a hard fought game with a big surprise.
The Football Federation of Chile promised to pay each player a bonus of $US8,000 if they beat Australia. The Chile coach said that his team will score more goals against Australia than East and West Germany together.
For Australia it was just a prestige game, the last match of the Cup.
"Boys," said coach Rale Rasic before the match, "We are without a victory in the tournament, just like reigning World Champions Brazil, but that will be changed today."

chile-8.jpg (19403 Byte)Both teams had no surprises in their starting formation. Australia lined up with Atti Abonyi, whose second half performance against the West Germans has earnt him a place in the team.
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Chile had the kick-off and from the start they tried to play their typical South American style. But for the first 15 minutes the Socceroos held the upper hand.
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After just 60 seconds Australia had the first chance of the game. Doug Utjesenovic sent a free-kick forwards after a foul on Ray Richards, but Branko Buljevic missed the ball from close range.

Australia started well, but had no more real chances, only an Abonyi shot in the eighth minute, but Chile keeper Leopoldo Vallejos safely gathered.
Chile's first dangerous attack came after 17 minutes. Speeding onto a long pass, Carlos Cazaly outpaced his opponent Manfred Schaefer. Jack Reilly came out of goal to narrow the angles, and Cazaly's shot went wide.
Shortly after that, the stadium announcer told the crowd that a big rainstorm was approaching and would arrive in just a few minutes. The crowd was advised to move to seats under the roof. At the same time, Cazely shot from 25 metres, but too high and over the bar.

Reinoso played handballBy the middle of the first half, the Chileans had got stronger and had the majority of play. There was constant action inside the Australian goal mouth. Reilly superbly saved a header from Alberto Qintano in the 23th minute and just three minutes later Chile had its best chance.
Cazely, back in the side after a red card from the West Germany match, came over the to the right wing, passed his opponent and send the ball to the fast coming Carlos Reinoso. Reilly saved brilliantly, but the ball rebounded to Reinoso following up but Reinoso played the ball with the hand.

Just before the half-hour Jimmy Mackay had a long-range shot, but narrowly missed.
The South Americans continued to exert strong pressure. Australia's defence around Sweeper Peter Wilson had a hard job coping with the speedy Chile forwards.

Sometimes Wilson hit his opponents very hard, but he was playing imperiously. Mackay was having a fantastic match in midfield and goalie Reilly was holding everything that came his way. Buljevic and Abonyi were also giving their opponents a lot of trouble.

Abonyi's father Josef Abonyi was in the crowd, having travelled from Melbourne to see his son play. The trip from Melbourne proved worthwhile as Abonyi overshadowed both Buljevic and Adrian Alston as the best Australian forward. Alston did not have one of his better days.

Reilly In the 36th minute, Ray Richards got a yellow card for arguing with Iranian referee Jaffar Namdar. Just 30 seconds later Reilly collided heavily with a Chilean player, when he came far out of his goal. But Reilly was able to continue after being attended to by the team doctor.

Chilean midfielder Valdes was having a huge influence on the game, and he pushed his team mates on. Around 500 South American fans were in the ground to support their team, but the Australians were the favourites of the West Germans in attendance.
Shortly before the break, the expected downpour arrived. In a very short time, the pitch looked like a lake. Namdar blew for the interval, with the score deadlocked at 0:0.
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After 45 minutes, CHILE - AUSTRALIA 0 : 0
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The second half started a few minutes later, with the kick off by Alston and Buljevic. There had been a massive cloudburst which turned the pitch into a shallow lake. The Chileans short-passing ball game became impossible but the Australians were not worried by the slippery and wet conditions. Coach Rasic said that a team which cannot adjust to all conditions is simply not a good team.

Just 20 seconds after ther re-start, a group of around ten demonstrators stormed the field carrying a Chilean flag, and banners protesting at the military coup which had taken place in Chile. The crowd booed their interuption.
As the heavy rain continued, Police came running on to the pitch to escort them off. The incident had halted the game by a minute, but after the protestors were safely off the ground, the game continued.

A good run by Buljevic finished with the first corner for the Socceroos, two minutes into the half. The ball was kicked into the middle of the penalty area, cleared by a header and from around 25 metres, Col Curran tried a shot, but the ball went high over the Chilean bar.

Rooney in action with ReinosoThe crowed started to sing "Australia, Australia", but the reaction of Chile was to exert more pressure on the game. They tried long passes in front of Reilly's goal, but Wilson stood like a rock in defence and cleared every high ball with his typical style of heading. Australia was still playing more defensively.
In the 52nd minute, Curran fouled a Chilean forward 20 metres in front of the Socceroo goal. The free-kick came in but was again headed away by Captain Wilson. Australia had a few fast attacking spurts, but most were stopped before they'd reached the Chile penalty area.

After another free kick, taken by Mackay, the Socceroos got their second corner kick, this time taken by Abonyi, but the ball ended up in one of the water holes. The conditions meant it was impossible to play a good football. The ground was under water, with big gouges in the turf after tackles. But it looked like that the Australian eleven were coping with the conditions far better than their opponents.

In the 55th minute Buljevic fouled Cazely nearly 20 metres out from Reilly's goal. The free kick was taken by Reinoso, but he was well wide. 
A short time later, Chile made their first change: Rogelio Farias came on for Captain Valdez.

The big chance for AbonyiA few seconds after, the Socceroos had a great opportunity to score for their first World Cup goal. Reilly kicked the ball deep in to the South American half to Buljevic. Buljevic sent the ball to Alston, who broke through the Chilean defence and sent the ball to the middle to Abonyi.
Abonyi stormed forward to the out-coming keeper Valljeos. Just as Abonyi was about to shoot, he was heavily tackled by Leopoldo Figueroa and he missed connecting with the ball.

The big opportunity was missed by centimetres and Abonyi slid a few metres on the wet ground behind the goal.

Now, because of the wetness on the pitch, it was more a water polo than a football game. It was not possible to play a long ball or to run with it.

Offside goal from CazelyChile responded with more attacks, they need a win urgently to have a chance to reach the second round of the tournament. There was a long pass, Cazely turned around Reilly and scored. But it was far offside and the Referee's whistle was heard loud and clear around the ground.
Just after the hour Richards was fouled from behind 25 metres out from goal. Buljevic took the free kick with a thunderbolt shot, the ball skidded on the ground, but went directly into the arms of the Chilean keeper, who struggled to catch the wet ball, but saved the situation with a second grab.

Only seconds later, Mackay sent one of his long-range shots from more than 30 metres, but the ball went well over the bar. Chile's answer was a dangerous wing move into the Socceroo goalmouth, but the situation was cleared again with a header by Wilson.

In the 65th minute Rasic substituted Alston for a young Peter Ollerton. The tall Alston had done a lot of work but had difficulty on the wet field. As he left the pitch he was given an enthusiastic response from those in the stadium because of his speedy runs, but he was out of steam and he had
a cramp in his leg. For him the World Cup adventure was over but he had earnt the applause as he departed.

Highlights from the gameAfter a foul by Ollerton, Reinoso sent a high pass close to the Socceroo goal where it reached Alberto Quintano but Quintano's header was well saved by Reilly.
Australia played now more defensively and the team waited for a chance to mount a fast counter-attack.

Chile made its second substitution in the 72nd minute, when Giullermo  Yavar came on for Leonardo Veliz.
After another free kick, taken by Curran, Ollerton missed a good chance with a header, because he couldn't get the ball under control.

TEST.GIF (151960 Byte)The Socceroos had their best chance in the 75th minute. Deep in his own half, Mackay got a ball and sent it inside to Curran. Curran came storming down the left wing all alone and passed the ball inside again to Mackay who had run down the centre at full speed. Unfortunately, Mackay was going too fast to control the wet ball and blasted his shoot over the bar from around four metres.
What a chance it was! The crowd got more and more on Australia's side. They started to cheer for every action and battle the Socceroos won on the ground.
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Two minutes later, Wilson heavily fouled Cazely from behind. The referee went to consult the linesman, but, lucky for Australia, no card was given. Reinoso took the free kick, and Reilly punched the high ball out of danger. Utjesenovic cleared the situation.
The South Americans continued to press and got their first corner, which ended up with a dangerous header from Figueroa near the goal. And the rain went on.

Foul on Curran - Williams came onIn the 79th minute, Rolando Garcia fouled Curran on the side line with a hard kick against his legs. Curran, one of the best Australians that day, was lying on the ground and you could see the pain in his face. The medical staff came on to assess Curran's injury, and they signalised that Curran had to leave the field. They tried to carry him from the field.
Richards was ready to take the resultant free kick, but waited too long. The linesman approached, frantically waving his flag to signal the Referee to give Richards a yellow card for timewasting, and so he did.

It was Richards' second card in that game, but he took the free kick, and the game went on. Chile attacked the Australian goal and Schaefer stopped his opponent with a foul. The Referee looked nervously at his notebook, stopped the game and went to the linesman Loraux and spoke to him, then he took out the red card and went back to Richards to send him off.

The Socceroos protested and showed him that it was Schaefer committed the foul. The Referee, who recognised that he made a mistake with the two yellows against Richards, went to the FIFA official.
As all this was happening Harry Williams came on as a substitute for the injured Curran. It was for the very first time in World Cup history, that an Aboriginal was playing.

Red for RayReferee Namdar kept to his decision. When he returned to the pitch, he showed Richards the red card once more.
It was a late decision, because the Marconi Fairfield midfielder got two yellow cards in the game. The Australians strongly protested and Captain Wilson had difficulty holding his teammates away from the Referee.
The crowd start to whistle heavily. Richards left the field under heavy protest. It was his second red in an full International, after he got one in 1970 in a game against Mexico.
But this time it was a harsh decision by the Referee, who did not have his best day. It was also not a good decision by FIFA to use an Iranian for this game.

The game re-started with the free kick against the Socceroos. Reilly dived to save but the ball went narrowly wide. The people in the stadium were now completely behind the Australians and every time the Socceroos played the ball, you could hear the "Australia, Australia" chants going around.
And if the Chileans had the ball, everyone started to whistle.
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The South Americans shot now from every position,and the Socceroos tried to slow the game down.
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Ollerton started with one of his long runs but was fouled from behind, but the game went on. At the other end, Wilson kicked the ball out after a very dangerous situation. The minutes passed by. The Chilean knew a draw would not be enough. They stormed in the last minutes with all players to took the last chance to score. The crowd continued to boo when the South Americans had the ball.

A free kick, taken by Reinoso was headed away by Wilson, who had played brilliantly. Seconds later, Williams destroyed another chance for Chile with a perfect tackle.

Wilson saved on the lineIt was the fourth minute of added time, and referee Namdar was not in the mood to blow the final whistle. A long, high pass from the middle flew into the Australian goalmouth. Reilly came out of his goal to catch the ball, but it was slippery and wet - Reilly fumbled.
Reinoso got the ball and he shot from around eight metres. Only Wilson was in front of him and our captain was able to clear the most dangerous situation of the game with a perfect header close to the goal line. He saved the point, because seconds later the game was over. Schaefer was the last Australian to touch the ball in a World Cup.

The Socceroos raised their arms. It was the first point in a World Cup for Australia, and Chile can by by fans - by by Socceroosbook their flights home. The teams changed the jerseys in the middle of the field. The Socceroos were tired, but a proud smile was on their faces. All the players waved goodbye to the many fans.
After the game Jim Mackay throws his shoes in the crowd as a souvenir. Before the game he announced that this will be his last match for Australia. Also Schaefer retired after the game.

             Freekicks   Offside Yellow   Red  Corners
Australia:    15              1           2        1        2
Chile:         17              1           0        0        1

It was Australia's first World Cup, and theyhad attained a good result, better than many thought. The Socceroos lost only against the coming World Champion and against the only team who beat the coming Champion. They obtained a draw against Chile. They were unlucky not to score a goal, but
what more do you want from part-timers in a world of professional football?

First point in a World CupLucky Australia, said some people. But was it only luck that the Socceroos reached the Cup?
Certainly not. No more luck than any team needs to reach an aim, but most of it was due to hard work. The work of a good coach, who formed a brilliant team, out of great players.

The Australian Team of 1974 had something most of the later teams missed - they had an unbelievable team spirit. They are like a family and they fought for each other.
This is, in a few words, the reason for the success of the heroes of 1974.

  by andre@ak-tsc.de

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