INTRODUCTION: Australia scored its highest goal tally ever in international soccer when it downed Fiji by 10 goals to nil in their World Cup qualifying tie at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Friday (14 August).
GV Play, goal scored by No. 11, Mitchell
GV Corner kick, goal by No. 9, Cole
GV Goal following defensive error by Fiji
SV Scoreboard - Australia 3-0 up
Second half. SV. Fijian attack, saved by goalkeeper
GV Cole rounds keeper and scores goal
GV Play, then goal
GV Flank attack, Cole score again
GV Attacking player brought down by Fijian keeper
Cole takes penalty and scores goal
GV Flank attack centred, Cole scores
GV Attack past three defenders, Cole goals
GV High ball to Mitchell, scores
GV Game ends, players shake hands
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Australia scored its highest goal tally ever in international soccer when it downed Fiji by 10 goals to nil in their World Cup qualifying tie at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Friday (14 August). The match also saw a new record for individual scoring for the Australian side. Forward Gary Cole scored seven of the Australian goals, passing the previous record by two.
SYNOPSIS: Australia scored three goals in the first half. The opening goal came not from Cole, but from the other Australian scorer for the match, David Mitchell.
Then came Cole's first goal -- from a corner.
A defensive error from the Fijians, and Australia had its third goal for the half.
The Fijians though eclipsed by the performance of the Socceroos, but still make their own attacking thrusts.
However, as Cole went on scoring goals, ironically Australia's chances of playing in the World Cup next year may have been diminishing. This is because for Australia to win the Oceania Group Fiji had to take a point from group leader New Zealand in a later clash.
But with Cole scoring like this, and the Australians going on to notch up their record victory, there was a feeling that the Fijians would have little morale left for the ensuing match with New Zealand ... Cole makes it look easy as he goes for the net yet again, posting his seventh.
In the end, it was the turn again of 18 year old David Mitchell. He completed a hat trick, and the crowd of 3000 were able to go home having witnessed Australia's best goal-scoring performance ever.