1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Oceanian zone (OFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 10 teams entered the competition. The Oceanian zone was allocated 0.5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament.

There would be three rounds of play:

  • First Round: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti, the four best ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the Second Round directly. The remaining 6 teams were divided into 2 groups of 3 teams each, namely the Melanesian Group and the Polynesian Group, based on geographical considerations. The teams played against each other once. The winner of the Melanesian Group would advance to the Second Round. The runner-up of the Melanesian Group and the winner of the Polynesian Group would advance to the First Round Play-off. In the Play-off, they played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the Second Round.
  • Second Round: The 6 teams were divided into 2 groups of 3 teams each. The teams played against each other twice. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the AFC / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

First round[edit]

Melanesian Group (Melanesia Cup 1996)[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Papua New Guinea 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
2  Solomon Islands 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
3  Vanuatu 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
16 September 1996
Papua New Guinea  1 – 1  Solomon Islands
Daniel Goal 15' (report) Rukumana Goal 71'

18 September 1996
Solomon Islands  1 – 1  Vanuatu
Berry Goal 16' (Report) Naukoot Goal 37'

20 September 1996
Papua New Guinea  2 – 1  Vanuatu
Furigi Goal 88'
Karang Goal 89'
(report) Garo Goal 27'

Papua New Guinea advanced to the Second Round. Solomon Islands advanced to the First Round Play-off.

Polynesian Group[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Tonga 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6
2  Samoa 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
3  Cook Islands 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0
11 November 1996
Tonga  2 – 0  Cook Islands
Moleni Goal 20'67' (report)

13 November 1996
Samoa  2 – 1  Cook Islands
Tapunuu Goal 10'
Palusami Goal 20'
(report) Stenter Goal 68'

15 November 1996
Tonga  1 – 0  Samoa
Vane Goal 29' (report)

Tonga advanced to the First Round Play-off.

Play-off[edit]

15 February 1997
Tonga  0 – 4  Solomon Islands
(report) Kiriau Goal 34'
Seni Goal 73'
Berry Goal 85'
Peli Goal 87'

1 March 1997
Solomon Islands  9 – 0  Tonga
Berry Goal 3'41'57'
Rukumana Goal 12'
Wabo Goal 37'
Seni Goal 61'63'74'
Kiriau Goal 66'
(report)

Solomon Islands advanced to the Second Round by the aggregate score of 13-0.

Second round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Australia 4 4 0 0 26 2 24 12
2  Solomon Islands 4 1 1 2 7 21 -14 4
3  Tahiti 4 0 1 3 2 12 -10 1
11 June 1997
Australia  13 – 0  Solomon Islands
Mori Goal 2'15'36'65'80'
Aloisi Goal 33'53'81'86'87'
Foster Goal 68'
TapaiGoal 78'
Bosnich Goal 88' (pen.)
(report) S.Daudau Red card 52'
Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 3,127
Referee: Bruce Edward Grimshaw (New Zealand)

13 June 1997
Australia  5 – 0  Tahiti
Vidmar Goal 14'
Trimboli Goal 37'42'
Arnold Goal 47'
Bingley Goal 66'
(report)
Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 2,869
Referee: Brian Geoffery Precious (New Zealand)

15 June 1997
Solomon Islands  4 – 1  Tahiti
Seni Goal 37'
Berry Goal 39'80'
Toata Goal 89'
(report) Ludivion Goal 82'
Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 253
Referee: Neil Fox (New Zealand)

17 June 1997
Solomon Islands  2 – 6  Australia
Rukumana Red card 44'
Peli Goal 59'
Suri Goal 65'
Rukumana Red card 73'
(report) Slater Goal 15'
Arnold Goal 17'
Kaierea Goal 38' (o.g.)
Tapai Goal 47'51'
Vidmar Goal 75' (pen.)
Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 2,122
Referee: Brian Geoffery Precious (New Zealand)

19 June 1997
Tahiti  0 – 2  Australia
(report) Zelic Goal 8'
Trimboli Goal 86'
Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 2,918
Referee: Bruce Edward Grimshaw (New Zealand)

21 June 1997
Tahiti  1 – 1  Solomon Islands
Rousseau Goal 38' (report) Kwaomae Goal 43'
A.Peli Red card 50'
Sydney, Australia
Referee: Bruce Edward Grimshaw (New Zealand)

Australia advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD width

Pts

1  New Zealand 4 3 0 1 13 1 12 9
2  Fiji 4 2 0 2 4 7 -3 6
3  Papua New Guinea 4 1 0 3 2 11 -9 3
31 May 1997
Papua New Guinea  1 – 0  New Zealand
Niakuam Goal 80' (report)
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Nik Ahmad Haji Yaakub (Malaysia)

7 June 1997
Fiji  0 – 1  New Zealand
(report) Jackson Goal 80' (pen.)
Ba, Fiji
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Eugene Brazzale (Australia)

11 June 1997
New Zealand  7 – 0  Papua New Guinea
Coveny Goal 10'13'67'
Rufer Goal 22'31'
Elliott Goal 40'
Stevens Goal 80'
(report)
Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: Eddie Lennie (Australia)

15 June 1997
Fiji  3 – 1  Papua New Guinea
Pita Goal 22'
Masinisau Goal 26'
Duguga Goal 89'
(report) Waiwai Goal 68'

18 June 1997
New Zealand  5 – 0  Fiji
Rufer Goal 17'77'
Coveny Goal 63'
Viljoen Goal 80'
van Steeden Goal 85'
(report) Lomu Red card 51'
Auckland, New Zealand
Attendance: 12,033
Referee: Massimo Raveino (Tahiti)

21 June 1997
Papua New Guinea  0 – 1  Fiji
(report) Driu Goal 1'
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Referee: Pirom Anprasert (Thailand)

New Zealand advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

28 June 1997
New Zealand  0 – 3  Australia
Jackson Red card 67' (report) Aloisi Goal 18'
Vidmar Goal 42'
Foster Goal 67'
Auckland, New Zealand
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

5 July 1997
Australia  2 – 0  New Zealand
Zelic Goal 6'
Arnold Goal 54'
(report)
Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 14,045
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)

Australia advanced to the AFC / OFC Intercontinental Play-off by the aggregate score of 5-0.

Goalscorers[edit]

7 goals
  • Solomon Islands Noel Berry
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goals
1 own goal
  • Solomon Islands Jimmy Kaierea (playing against Australia)

External links[edit]