The Australian soccer team, likely representatives of the Pacific zone in the 178 World Cup championship, drew with Israel 1-1 in a friendly match in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (3 November).
TV PAN Australia (wearing yellow shirts kicking right to left) playing in Israeli half, their attack breaks down and Israel makes long pass forward from centre circle
LV Israeli (No. 11) picks up forward pass and scores with a left foot shot
LV Flags at half time
TV PAN FROM an Israeli goal kick in second half, Australia mounts attack
TV Australia (No. 2) takes free kick which is headed by Australian forward into Israeli goal
LV Small crowd near exit (crowd leaving early)
TV PAN Israel (No. 17) badly fouled by Australia (No. 7) who receives warning card from referee
LV Crowd - slow handclap
TV Players shake hands - end of match
During their tour, the Australians have also played Singapore, Hong Kong, Peking and Canton in China and lately West Germany. The team will also be visiting Britain to play against English league teams.
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Background: The Australian soccer team, likely representatives of the Pacific zone in the 178 World Cup championship, drew with Israel 1-1 in a friendly match in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (3 November).
SYNOPSIS: The Australians wearing yellow shirts (playing from right to left) met the Israeli team during a mini world tour. It was the Israelis who took the initiative in the first half.
Just before half-time Israel's Gideon Danty scored bringing his team into the lead at one nil.
The Australians are relatively unknown on the international soccer scene. But in 1974 they surprised everyone by making it to the finals of the World Cup. The one highlight of the second half was a goal by Australia's Peter Wilson.
Towards the end of the second half the crowd in Tel Aviv was getting restless. The game was mostly dull and at one point the crowd began a slow handclap to show their disapproval. An Israeli player was badly fouled by an Australian at one point and the referee issued a warning card. By this time many of the 5,000-strong crowd were starting to go home. Australia lost their best player after the 174 World Cup. He was Adrian Alston, now a rising star with Cardiff City in Britain.