The 1974 FIFA World Cup was Australia's first appearance at the Finals. After respectable defeats to East Germany (2-0) and West Germany (3-0), the Socceroos had nothing to play for but pride in the final group stage match against Chile. Unfortunately, torrential rain all but spoiled the occasion, as did a group of Chilean protestors who ran on the field.
Socceroos coach Rale Rasic gave winger Atti Abonyi a run from the start, looking to hit the Chileans on the counter-attack. Goalkeeper Jack Reilly had an outstanding match in inclement weather, as both sides had their chances.
The match will be remembered for a strange incident involving Iranian referee Jafar Namdar and Socceroos midfielder Ray Richards. Namdar had booked Richards a second time on 80 minutes but did not send him off until a third booking three minutes later. Richards went off with less than 10 minutes remaining, but the Socceroos held on for their first World Cup point.
The match ended 0-0.
First World Cup Point 1974 T-shirt
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- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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