FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competitions And Their Opening Goals
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An own goal by goalkeeper Evald Tipner as Sweden beat Estonia 6-2 in Stockholm on 11 June 1933.
Lennart Bunke scored after an hour, breaking the deadlock and helping Sweden to a 4-0 win over Finland in Stockholm on 16 June 1937.
Davy Walsh netted for the Republic of Ireland nine minutes into a match against Sweden in Stockholm on 2 June 1949, but the hosts won 3-1.
Frane Matosic of Yugoslavia was the only goalscorer in a meeting with Greece in Belgrade on 9 May 1953.
Captain Gerd Hannappi scored the first two goals as Austria beat Luxembourg 7-0 in Vienna on 30 September 1956.
Augusto Espinosa scored a first-minute goal for visiting Guatemala but Costa Rica eventually emerged 3-2 winners in San Jose on 21 August 1960.
Danny Schrijvers converted a penalty as the Netherlands beat Albania 2-0 in Rotterdam on 24 May 1964.
Norbert Hof’s fourth-minute penalty was the first of his five goals for Austria as they beat Cyprus 7-1 in Vienna on 19 May 1968.
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Mokhtar Khalem scored the only goal of the game as Algeria beat Guinea in Algiers on 2 March 1972.
Boukari Adamou scored for Niger after 17 minutes but they went on to lose 5-1 to Sierra Leone in Freetown on 7 March 1976.
Paul McGee got the first of two goals as the Republic of Ireland won 3-2 in Cyprus on 26 March 1980.
Austria’s Martin Gisinger scored the opener as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia on 2 May 1984.
Elliott Allen scored the first goal for Trinidad and Tobago as they won 4-0 against Guyana in Georgetown on 17 April 1988.
Defender Mark Lugris of Puerto Rico scored the first goal as his country beat the Dominican Republic 2-1 in Santo Domingo on 21 March 1992.
Antony Dominic of Dominica claimed the first goal in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Antigua in Rousseau on 10 March 1996.
It took Marvin Andrews just nine minutes to earn the distinction of scoring the first goal as Trinidad and Tobago beat the Netherlands Antilles 5-0 in Port of Spain on 4 March 2000.
Kily Gonzalez put Argentina ahead but Chile fought back to draw 2-2 in Buenos Aires on 6 September 2003.