On 11 November 2001, in pouring rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, an ill-tempered but attractive spectacle was played between Australia and France. Inspired by superstar Zinedine Zidane, France dominated the first-half. However, Australia took the lead just before the break with a header from Glasgow Rangers defender, Craig Moore. It came from a standard move: a corner played to the near post and flicked on to the far post - Stan Lazaridis to Tony Vidmar, Vidmar to Moore.
France responded three minutes into the second-half after some fluent interplay between Christophe Dugarry and Robert Pires inside the box, which left David Trezeguet with a tap-in.
Some nine minutes later, Kevin Muscat committed what France's coach Roger Lemerre called "an act of brutality" in a tackle on Dugarry that put the FC Girondins de Bordeaux striker out of the match. Muscat later labelled the incident "deeply regrettable" as former chairman of Soccer Australia, David Hill, called on the governing body to publically apologise.
Leeds United's Harry Kewell had the better of the remaining minutes for Australia. The home side believed they were unjustly denied a penalty-kick in injury-time when John Aloisi went down under a challenge from Mikael Silvestre.
Zidane played 80 minutes, displaying his usual grace and deftness of touch on the ball. Although the match ended 1-1, the MCG crowd could not have left disappointed.
Zidane at the MCG T-shirt
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