The Largest victory in football Australia 31–0 American Samoa

The Largest victory in football Australia 31–0 American Samoa

On 11 April 2001, the Australian and American Samoa national football teams played each other in a qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The match was played at the International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Australia set a world record for the largest victory in an international football match, winning the game 31–0. Australia’s Archie Thompson also broke the record for most goals scored by a player in an international match by scoring 13 goals. David Zdrilic, the scorer of eight goals in the match, achieved the second highest number of goals in an international match since World War I.

Australia fielded a team with several rarely used players as many regulars were either rested or omitted from the team. Strikers John Aloisi and Damian Mori who combined for 10 goals in the 22–0 win over Tonga were also omitted for this match. The American Samoa team were troubled by passport issues, with only one member of their original 20-man senior team, goalkeeper Nicky Salapu, eligible to play. American Samoa were also unable to call their under-20 players because most of them were involved in high school exams at the time. They were forced to draft in their youth players, including three 15-year-old players, to put together a makeshift team with an average age of 18.

11 April 2001 19:00
Australia  31–0  American Samoa
Boutsianis Goal 10′, 50′, 84′
Thompson Goal 12′, 23′, 27′, 29′, 33′
Goal 37′, 42′, 45′, 56′, 60′
Goal 65′, 85′, 88′
Zdrilic Goal 13′, 21′, 25′, 33′, 58′
Goal 66′, 78′, 89′
A. Vidmar Goal 14′, 80′
Popovic Goal 17′, 19′
Colosimo Goal 51′, 81′
De Amicis Goal 55′

 

Australia                     
 American Samoa
GK 1 Michael Petkovic
DF 2 Kevin Muscat (c)
DF 3 Craig Moore
DF 4 Tony Popovic Substituted off 45′
DF 5 Tony Vidmar Substituted off 45′
MF 7 Aurelio Vidmar
FW 11 David Zdrilic
MF 12 Steve Horvat
MF 13 Con Boutsianis
MF 14 Simon Colosimo
FW 20 Archie Thompson
Substitutes:
DF 15 Fausto De Amicis Substituted in 45′
DF 17 Scott Miller Substituted in 45′
Manager:
Frank Farina
GK 1 Nicky Salapu
DF 4 Lisi Leututu Substituted off 50′
DF 5 Soe Falimaua
DF 7 Lavalu Fatu
DF 8 Sulifou Faaloua
DF 9 Travis Sinapati
MF 13 Sam Mulipola
MF 15 Pati Feagiai
FW 16 Ben Falaniko Substituted off 84′
GK 18 Tiaoali Savea
MF 20 Young Im Min
Substitutes:
FW 17 Darrell Ioane Substituted in 84′
MF 19 Richard Mariko Substituted in 50′
Manager:
Tunoa Lui
Assistant referees:
David Sau (Solomon Islands)
Michel Angot (Tahiti)
Fourth official:
Derek Rugg (New Zealand)