Australia Indulge Taste in Goals as Cook Islands Are Roasted AROUND THE WORLD
Metcalf, Rupert, The Independent (London, England)
AUSTRALIA SCORED one of the biggest victories in international football history when they thrashed the Cook Islands 16-0 in Brisbane yesterday in the second round of the Oceania Nations' Cup.
The Socceroos, despite missing their Europe-based players such as Harry Kewell of Leeds United and Mark Bosnich of Aston Villa, hopelessly outclassed the part-timers from the Cook Islands with eight goals in each half. Damian Mori and Robert Trajovski scored four each while Paul Trimboli hit a hat- trick.
Australia's total was just one less than the world record 17-0 victory Iran recorded over the Maldive Islands in a qualifying match for this year's World Cup. Denmark also once recorded 17 in a match, defeating France 17-1 in the semi-finals of the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
HILLSBOROUGH WAS not the only football ground in Europe to witness scenes of shame this weekend. In Bulgaria, CSKA Sofia and Levski Kyustendil players came to blow and mounted police had to step in to restore order in a local derby, which ended in a 3-2 victory for CSKA.
The trouble flared in the 67th minute with the game level at 2-2. CSKA's former Ipswich and Luton midfielder Boncho Genchev shoved the visiting defender Georgi Petrov, and then Genchev was knocked to the ground by the Kyustendil goalkeeper, Michail Rolev. The CSKA striker Valentin Stanchev attacked Rolev and then players from both sides became involved as the fighting spread. Mounted police stormed the pitch to break up the battle.
CSKA's Genchev and Stanchev were shown the red card and Kyustendil's Petrov was also dismissed. Despite being down to nine men, CSKA took the points when Rumen Khristov grabbed a late winner.
THERE WERE similar scenes of violence in Romania, where the league leaders, Dynamo Bucharest, blasted eight goals without reply past Universitatea Cluj in a game marred by a mass brawl.
Trouble began when Ion Vladoiu of Dynamo - a striker who was sent off within minutes of coming on as a substitute in the 1994 World Cup - and the Universitatea defender Dragos Stroewere were dismissed after they exchanged blows.
The red cards did nothing to cool tempers, and players from both sides fought before security officials restored order. …