Australia lost 2-1 to a touring Soviet Union soccer team at melbourne's Olympic Park on Sunday, 23 November.
GV Russians (in red) attacking
GV PAN Russians scoring goal to equalise
GV General play
GV Russians attack goal, saved by Australia
GV PAN Goal kick, general play
GV Russians score again
FILM SHOWS: VARIOUS SHOTS OF PLAY.
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Background: Australia lost 2-1 to a touring Soviet Union soccer team at melbourne's Olympic Park on Sunday, 23 November.
The game was the third of a six-match series between Australia and Russia.
The Russians were invited to play a series of international games in Australia by Australian soccer administrators to give their young side international experience.
The tour was also used by the Russians to give its up and coming players valuable international playing practice.
In Sunday's game. Australia attacked vigorously in the first half and was rewarded when forward Ernie Campbell headed the ball to goal and put the home side in front.
It wasn't until late in the second half that the Russian managed to equalise from the goal by Andrei Jakubik. The tourists hit the front only a few minutes from the end when Vladimir Kozlov dribbled a pass from Euruzhikhin into the net.
SYNOPSIS: At Melbourne's Olympic Park stadium on Sunday, the Australian team -- in yellow -- went to an early lead in its international game against in its international game against a touring Russian side, when forward Ernie Campbell headed the ball into the net. But after a spirited first half by the home team, it was the experienced Russians' turn to take control.
Late in the second half Russian equalised when Andrei Jakubik took a pass from a lost ball, sped past two defenders and scored.
The young Australian side emerged from its first ever appearance in the World Cup Football Championships in West Germany in nineteen seventy four with considerable merit, but clearly lacking experience. Since then, Australian soccer administrators have embarked on a programme aimed at getting the country in the nineteen seventy-eight finals in Argentina. They invited the Soviet Union to tour main Australian grounds and play a series of international matches. This would give the Australian side the international practice they need. And from the Russians' point of view, would "blood" their up and coming players.
The Melbourne game was the third of a series of six. And the Russians had to call on the benefit of having their handful of very experienced players, led by thirty-one year old veteran Gennan Euruzhikhin, who has played with the national squad thirty-seven times.
It was Euruzhikhin who whipped a decisive short pass to Vladimir Kozlov to kick the winning goal, only minutes before the end of the game.