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2004 OFC Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates29 May – 12 October
Teams6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Australia (4th title)
Runners-up Solomon Islands
Third place New Zealand
Fourth place Fiji
Tournament statistics
Matches played17
Goals scored69 (4.06 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Tim Cahill
New Zealand Vaughan Coveny
(6 goals each)
2002
2008

The 2004 OFC Nations Cup was the edition of the tournament for the OFC Nations Cup and doubled as the qualification tournament to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, except the two-legged final. A separate playoff between Australia and Solomon Islands was held in September 2005, for World Cup Qualifying purposes.

The competition was divided in two Group stages (the first is the Qualifying Stage), with Australia and New Zealand seeded into the second stage (Final Stage). The Oceania champion (Australia) qualified for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Qualification

Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC First Round

The 10 teams in the first round were divided into two sections of five teams each. Each team played every other team once. The top two teams from each group then progressed to the second group stage, where they were joined by the two seeded teams.[clarification needed]

Venues

Australia Australia (Final tournament & Final match–Second leg host)
2004 OFC Nations Cup (Australia)
Sydney Adelaide
Sydney Football Stadium Hindmarsh Stadium Marden Sports Complex
Capacity: 45,500 Capacity: 17,000 Capacity: 6,000
Allianz Stadium - 13 October 2012.jpg
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Marden Sports Complex.jpg
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands (Final match–First leg host)
Honiara
Lawson Tama Stadium
Capacity: 30,000
Lawson Tama Stadium.jpg

Squads

See 2004 OFC Nations Cup squads

Final tournament

The four surviving members (first and second place teams from each group in stage one) of the first stage joined the two seeded teams (Australia and New Zealand) and took part in a tournament where each team played every other once in a tournament held in Adelaide, Australia.

As this doubled as the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, the top two teams from the second group stage progressed to a two-legged final to determine the winner of the OFC Nations Cup. These two games on home-and-away basis was separate from World Cup qualifying.

The top two teams from this stage also progressed to the final stage of the 2006 Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Australia 5 4 1 0 21 3 +18 13 2–2 1–0 6–1 9–0 3–0
2  Solomon Islands 5 3 1 1 9 6 +3 10 4–0 1–0
3  New Zealand 5 3 0 2 17 5 +12 9 3–0 10–0 2–4
4  Fiji 5 1 1 3 3 10 −7 4 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–0
5  Tahiti 5 1 1 3 2 24 −22 4 2–1
6  Vanuatu 5 1 0 4 5 9 −4 3
Source:[citation needed]

Australia and the Solomon Islands progressed to the final stage.

Vanuatu 0–1 Solomon Islands
[1] Batram Suri 51' (pen.)
Tahiti 0–0 Fiji
[2]
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Stefano Farina (Italy)
Australia 1–0 New Zealand
Bresciano 40' [3]
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 12,130
Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)

New Zealand 3–0 Solomon Islands
Fisher 36'
Oughton 81'
Lines 90'
[4]
Australia 9–0 Tahiti
Cahill 14', 47'
Skoko 43'
Simon 44' (o.g.)
Sterjovski 51', 61', 74'
Zdrilic 85'
Chipperfield 89'
[5]
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Harry Attison (Vanuatu)
Fiji 1–0 Vanuatu
Toma 73' [6]
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 500
Referee: Charles Ariiotima (Tahiti)

Australia 6–1 Fiji
Madaschi 6', 50'
Cahill 39', 66', 75'
Elrich 89'
[7] Gataurua 19'
Tahiti 0–4 Solomon Islands
[8] Fa'arodo 9'
Menapi 14', 80'
Batram Suri 42'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 50
Referee: Leone Rakaroi (Fiji)
Vanuatu 4–2 New Zealand
Chilia 37'
Bibi 64'
Maleb 72'
Qorig 88'
[9] Coveny 61', 75'

New Zealand 10–0 Tahiti
Coveny 6', 38', 45'
Fisher 16', 22', 63'
Jones 72'
Oughton 74'
Nelsen 82', 87'
[10]
Fiji 1–2 Solomon Islands
Toma 21' [11] Kakai 16'
Houkarawa 82'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Harry Attison (Vanuatu)
Vanuatu 0–3 Australia
[12] Aloisi 25', 85'
Emerton 81'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Charles Ariiotima (Tahiti)

Tahiti 2–1 Vanuatu
Temataua 40'
Wajoka 89'
[13] Iwai 23'
Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
Attendance: 300
Referee: Leone Rakaroi (Fiji)
Fiji 0–2 New Zealand
[14] Bunce 8'
Coveny 56'
Solomon Islands 2–2 Australia
Menapi 43', 75' [15] Cahill 50'
Emerton 52'

Final

Main article: 2004 OFC Nations Cup Final

The final of the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup was a two-legged home and away final between the top two teams from the second group stage.

Solomon Islands 1–5 Australia
Batram Suri 60' [16] Skoko 5', 28'
Milicic 19'
Emerton 43'
Elrich 79'

Australia 6–0 Solomon Islands
Milicic 5'
Kewell 8'
Vidmar 60'
Thompson 79'
Elrich 82'
Emerton 89'
[17]
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 19,208
Referee: Leone Rakaroi (Fiji)

Australia won 11–1 on aggregate and became the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup Champions. They also qualified for the 2005 Confederations Cup.

Although the second round of 2004 OFC Nations Cup doubled the second round of 2006 FIFA World Cup Oceanian qualification, the final play-off for the World Cup was held separately. Australia defeated Solomon Islands again, winning 9–1 on aggregate, and advanced to a play-off against the CONMEBOL (South American) nation Uruguay.

Goalscorers (final stage)

There were 69 goals scored in 17 matches, for an average of 4.06 goals per match.

Goalscorers (both stages)