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1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC–CONMEBOL play-off)

1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
(CONMEBOLOFC play-off)
Event1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
Argentina won 2–1 on aggregate
First leg
Date31 October 1993
VenueFootball Stadium, Sydney
RefereeSándor Puhl (Hungary)
Second leg
Date17 November 1993
VenueMonumental, Buenos Aires
RefereePeter Mikkelsen (Denmark)

The 1994 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOLOFC qualification play-off was a two-legged home-and-away tie between the winners of the Oceania qualifying tournament and CONCACAF–OFC play-off winners, Australia, and the second-placed team from the CONMEBOL Group 1, Argentina.


The games were played on 31 October and 17 November 1993 in Sydney and Buenos Aires respectively. Australia was hoping to play in the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1974, and Argentina was hoping to qualify after reaching the FIFA World Cup Final three times in the previous four FIFA World Cups. The only time that Argentina failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup was in 1970. This qualification play-off notably immediately followed Argentina's 5–0 defeat by Colombia at home in Buenos Aires on 5 September 1993. The crowd of 43,967 who watched the first leg played at the Sydney Football Stadium was at the time a stadium record crowd for any sporting event.[1]

The series were notable for being the first time Argentina had to play a qualification play-off match in their history. Moreover, the series saw the return of Diego Maradona to the national team after a long dispute with manager Alfio Basile.[2] Some years later, Maradona suggested that drug tests were deliberately avoiding during the series, stating that "to play against Australia, the Association gave us a 'fast coffee'" to drink before the match.[3]


Argentina Round Australia
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Colombia 6 4 2 0 13 2 11 10
 Argentina 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 7
 Paraguay 6 1 4 1 6 7 −1 6
 Peru 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8 1
Final standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 4 4 0 0 13 2 11 8
 Tahiti 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3 3
 Solomon Islands 4 0 1 3 5 13 −8 1
Final round
Opponent Result
1st leg  New Zealand (A) 1–0
2nd leg  New Zealand (H) 3–0
1st play-off Opponent Result
1st leg  Canada (A) 1–2
2nd leg  Canada (H) 2–1 (4–1 PSO)

Match details

First leg

Australia 1–1 Argentina
Vidmar Goal 42' Goal 37' Balbo
GK 1 Mark Bosnich
DF 19 Tony Vidmar Substituted off 72'
DF 13 Mehmet Durakovic
DF 12 Milan Ivanovic
DF 5 Alex Tobin
MF 4 Ned Zelic
MF 8 Aurelio Vidmar
MF 6 Paul Wade (c)
MF 11 Robbie Slater Yellow card
MF 10 Jason van Blerk
FW 9 Graham Arnold
FW Dave Mitchell Substituted in 72' Yellow card
Scotland Eddie Thompson
GK 1 Sergio Goycoechea
SW 2 Jorge Borelli
DF 6 Sergio Vázquez
DF 14 José Chamot
DF 3 Carlos Mac Allister Yellow card
MF 15 Hugo Pérez Yellow card
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
MF 8 José Basualdo Substituted off 70'
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c) Yellow card
FW 18 Abel Balbo Substituted off 89'
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
MF Gustavo Zapata Substituted in 70'
DF Fernando Caceres Substituted in 89'
Argentina Alfio Basile

Second leg

GK 1 Sergio Goycoechea
DF José Chamot
DF Sergio Vázquez Yellow card
DF 6 Oscar Ruggeri Yellow card
DF 3 Carlos Mac Allister
MF 5 Fernando Redondo
MF 15 Hugo Pérez
MF 8 Diego Simeone Yellow card
MF 10 Diego Maradona (c)
FW 18 Abel Balbo Substituted off 70'
FW 9 Gabriel Batistuta
Gustavo Zapata Substituted in 70'
Argentina Alfio Basile
GK 20 Robert Zabica
DF Milan Ivanovic Yellow card
DF 5 Alex Tobin
DF Tony Vidmar Substituted off 64'
DF Mehmet Durakovic Yellow card
MF 11 Robbie Slater
MF Jason Van Blerk
MF Paul Wade (c)
MF 8 Aurelio Vidmar Yellow card
FW Graham Arnold
FW 9 Frank Farina
Carl Veart Substituted in 64'
Scotland Eddie Thompson
  1. ^ Other sources attribute this goal as scored by Gabriel Batistuta


  1. ^ Allianz Stadium on Austadiums website
  2. ^ La única vez que Argentina jugó un repechaje by Germán Boero on
  3. ^ "Para jugar con Australia te daban un café veloz", La Nación, 23 May 2011