On Wednesday night (21 November), Chile's National Soccer Team walked, or perhaps jogged, into the final round of the World Cup to be held in Munich next year.
GV EXTERIOR National Stadium ZOOM into Chilean emblem
GV Chilean team walk onto pitch (whole squad)
SV PAN Chilean squad wave to crowd
SV Scoreboard showing 0-0
GV Kick off four Chilean forwards interpass towards goal, Valdez scores, and players congratulate each other, surrounded by photographers (2 shots)
GV Stadium ZOOM into CU Scoreboard 1-0 to Chile
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Background: On Wednesday night (21 November), Chile's National Soccer Team walked, or perhaps jogged, into the final round of the World Cup to be held in Munich next year.
The walk-over came when their scheduled opponents, the Soviet Union, refused to play in Santiago's National Stadium. The Soviets were protesting over the Stadium's use by the ruling military junta during their September coup as a prison camp for supporters of former President Salvador Allende.
The whole chilean squad turned up for the event. When the whistle blew, Chile, quite naturally, kicked off, and four forwards dribbled the ball down to the deserted "Soviet" goal. The team's captain, Francisco Valdeo performed the honours, and scored the "symbolic" goal.
However, the stadium crowd were not denied a real soccer match. After taking their place in the final 16 in the World Cup, the Chilean National team played the Brazilian club, Santos. Winning that game proved beyond the Chileans. Santos, who were without soccer superstar Pele, crushed them five goals to nil.
According to the Moscow newspaper Pravda, Soviet footballers would never play in Chile while the country was ruled by "bloody fascists." In an article published the day after Chile's victory by default, the newspaper also criticised the International Football Federation (FIFA) for not allowing the second-leg match to be played in another South American country. The Soviet news agency, Tass, accused the President of FIFA, Sir Stanley Rous, a Briton, of trying to force the Soviet Union out of the World Cup so that England might qualify for the finals.