Australia took a big step towards the World Soccer Cup Finals when they beat Iran 3-0 in their first leg qualifying match in Sydney on Saturday (August 18).
TV Australia team on field, girls cheer.
SV Iran team on field.
TV Australia kick off from right to left
TV Pan Australian attack repelled, Iran bring ball up field, try long shot saved by Australian goal-keeper.
TV Australia score first goal
TV Pan second half begins, Iran kick off, lose possession, Australia score second goal. Crowd cheer.
TV Australia win free kick from incident
GV Australian heads free kick
GV Crowd run onto field.
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Background: Australia took a big step towards the World Soccer Cup Finals when they beat Iran 3-0 in their first leg qualifying match in Sydney on Saturday (August 18).
Iran's manager Major Mahmoud Bayati said his side was demoralised by the clear cut defeat and with three players doubtful for the return match in Teheran on Friday (August 24) he though pulling back the three goals would be a huge task.
If Australia hold onto their lead they will met South Korea to decide who represents the Asian Zone in the last sixteen in Munich next year.
Adrian Alston scored Australia's first goal just before the interval. Iran kicked off in the second half but a timely tackle robbed them of the ball immediately and Atti Abonyi, Australia's right winger was put through to shoot in from an acute angle.
Seven minutes from the end Australia's captain Peter Wilson came upfield for free kick and completed a grand afternoon for himself and his team by heading hard and low into the net.
SYNOPSIS: Australia look closer to the World Soccer Cup Finals after beating Iran three-nil in their first leg match in Sydney last Saturday.
The australians are playing from right to left.
Iranian hopes of a goalless first half were rising, but just before the interval Alston scored for Australia.
The winning side meet South Korea to decide who represents the Asian Zone in the last sixteen in Munich next year, but this mistake straight after half time could well have settled the matter. Abonyi punished it with a precise shot.
Iran struggled nard to stay in the game but foul, seven minutes from the end led to a third Australian goal. Peter Wilson, the Australian captain, came upfield for the free kick and completed a grand afternoon for himself and his team with a find header.