Before Australia's famous encounter with Diego Maradona's Argentina at the Sydney Football Stadium in October 1993, the Socceroos would have to get past Canada. The Canadians were fierce competitors, hoping to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the neighbouring United States.
A 2-1 defeat in the first leg required at least a 1-0 victory for the Socceroos to progress. Australian striker, Frank Farina, scored a magical scissor kick only for Canada's Lyndon Hooper to equalise. The Socceroos were out unless they scored.
With 13 minutes to go Australian stalwart David Mitchell replaced Robbie Slater, who was suffering from a hamstring injury. Slater was given a round of applause for his undying efforts.
A free-kick was quickly taken. Aurelio Vidmar played a long-ball, which Mitchell contested with Randy Samuel just outside the penalty area. Canada's goalkeeper, Craig Forrest, started to come for the ball but stopped and retreated when he realised he was not going to make it. The damage was done. The advancing Mehmet Durakovic had time to stop under the ball as it came down and lob it over the stranded Forrest.
The aggregate score was tied at 2-2 and with no further goals, after extra-time, the match went to penalty kicks. A young Mark Schwarzer was the hero, saving two, and earning himself hero status. The crowd went wild.
It was a night all in attendance would never forget, and most importantly, Australia would meet Argentina and Maradona for a spot in USA '94.
Australia Canada 1993 World Cup Qualifier T-shirt
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- 100% combed cotton
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