Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup

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The 1988 Australian Bicentennial Gold Cup was a one-off association football tournament to celebrate the bincentennial of first settlement at Port Jackson by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. It was contested by reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, Saudi Arabia, reigning FIFA World Cup champions, Argentina, world ranked number one side, Brazil and host nation Australia.[1][2] Brazil were eventual winners, beating Australia 2-0 in the final.[3] Argentina took out 3rd place beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in the 3rd place match.

Participants[edit]

Format[edit]

Teams played each other once in a round robin group stage. Each team was awarded 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The top two teams from the group played in a final and the bottom two teams played in a 3rd place match.[4]

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Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 5
 Australia 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 4
 Argentina 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
 Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
6 July 1988
Argentina  2 – 2  Saudi Arabia
Díaz Goal 27'50' (pen.) Report Majed Abdullah Goal 41'
Díaz Goal 61' (o.g.)

7 July 1988
Australia  0 – 1  Brazil
Report Romario Goal 31'
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 11,214

9 July 1988
Australia  3 – 0  Saudi Arabia
Ollerenshaw Goal 6'
Farina Goal 42'81'
Report


13 July 1988
Brazil  4 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Geovani Goal 27' (pen.)50' (pen.)
Jorginho Goal 28'
Edmar Goal 40'
Report Majed Abdullah Goal 65'

14 July 1988
Australia  4 – 1  Argentina
Wade Goal 2'
Yankos Goal 42'67' (pen.)
Bozinovski Goal 80'
Report Ruggeri Goal 31'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 18,985

Third place[edit]

16 July 1988
Argentina  2 – 0  Saudi Arabia
Simeone Goal 4'
Dertycia Goal 23'
Report

Final[edit]

17 July 1988
Australia  0 – 2  Brazil
Report Romario Goal 56'
Müller Goal 67'
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 28,161

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