"They say, Paul [Williams], the most dangerous score line to lead by is 2-0 because you appear to have the match wrapped up. [If] the other team get one back, even though it's not been deserved on tonight's play, then suddenly the complexion of the game changes. Let's hope it doesn't but this is the best period for Iran in the match," said Johnny Warren.
Not five seconds later, Iran scored. Two-all.
Australia had one of the best squad's in the nation's history. Most of the players were playing in Europe, including the likes of a young Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Ned Zelic, Robbie Slater, Stan Lazaridis and of course, goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers had never been kind to the Socceroos but for a third-match replay in 1973 and a solitary goal. The World Cup in France would welcome Iran. The Socceroos went crashing out in front of 85,022 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Socceroos coach, Terry Venables (an Englishman with a fantastic reputation back home), did not lose a single match since taking charge - defeated only by the away goals rule. That night in 1997 showed how cruel sport can be.
On 16 November 2005, the Socceroos qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1974. The team carried the Australian faithful into the tournament in Germany, but with it, the names of every player to wear the green and gold before them.
This design does not signify a dark period in Australian football but a reminder of the amazing players and nuances in the game during 1997. From tragedy, the golden generation was born.
That Night in '97 T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton (marles 15% polyester)
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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