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Known as "The Match that Shouldn't have happened" the Controversy surrounding the 1973 World Cup match between Chile and the USSR was unparalleled. After tying in their previous meeting, it all came down to one match. Winner advances to play soccer on the world's biggest stage, loser can only watch.
After the overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende earlier in the year, Santiago's Estadio Nacional became a prison and torture ground for his remaining supporters. Knowing this, the Soviets made it clear that they would refuse to play there on grounds of it being immoral. After an ensuing investigation, the Federation's findings were inconclusive that the stadium had been grounds for anything immoral, and refused to change the location of the match.
The USSR national team abstained from travel and did not attend the match. 15,000 ecstatic Chileans stood in the stands and watched on November 21st, 1973, when the National team took the field without an opponent, and scored 30 seconds into the match on an empty goal. With no team there to return the ball, the match was called, and Chile had qualified for 1974's world cup, effective immediately.
While Chile failed to advance beyond pool play, falling to eventual winner West Germany and drawing to both Australia and East Germany, nothing will ever hinder the history that was made during "The Match that should not have happened".
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