World Cup Qualification
OFC – First round, second leg
Sat. 3 December 1988
Macquarie Field, Speers Point
Kick-off:
Att.: 5,220
Video: goals

Australia 5 – 1 Fiji
1-0 (9) Charlie Yankos
2-0 (25) Warren Spink
3-0 (69) Charlie Yankos (pen.)
4-0 (84) Graham Arnold
5-0 (87) Paul Trimboli
5-1 (89) Lote Delai

Ref.: Kenneth Wallace
L1: John Cameron
L2: Barry Tasker
(All New Zealand)

Preview

The return fixture of the two-legged affair seemed quite a mouth-watering prospect to the neutrals, who could be hoping that the minnows would be able to stand their ground for as long as possible, having shockingly upset the odds and won their home tie 1-0 a week earlier. 

Australia had struggled with the plucky Fijians’ physical approach, and they would certainly need to up their game in order to progress through to the next phase. On home soil, though, they were still massive favourites to advance past this hurdle, but they would need to let the ball do the talking, and not be dragged down to the visitors’ level as far as focusing on incidents rather than football was concerned. 

Australia

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Fiji

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Australia

PlayerNotesAgeClub
Jeff Olver27Melbourne Croatia
Gary van Egmond23Footscray JUST
Charlie Yankos (c)27PAOK Saloniki
Gary McDowall29Brunswick United
Graham Jennings28Sydney Croatia
Alan Davidson28Melbourne Croatia
Jason Polaksub 58′20Sydney Olympic
Oscar Crino26Footscray JUST
Scott Ollerenshawsub 86′20St George
Warren Spink22Footscray JUST
Graham Arnold25Sydney Croatia
SUBSTITUTES
Paul Trimbolion 58′19South Melbourne
George Haniotison 86′22Sydney Olympic
Manager: Frank Arok

Fiji

PlayerNotesAgeClub
Nasoni Buli
Abraham Watkins
Dan Lutumailagisub 78′
Pita Dau (c)
Maretino Nemani
Lote Delai
Ivor Evans
Meli Vuilabasa
Vimal Sami
Simon Peters
Ravuama Madigisub 58′
SUBSTITUTES
Shafiq Ali on 58′
Jone Watisoni on 78′,
Manager: Billy Singh