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A memorable England versus Australia football match

When it comes to football, England has always been seen to have the upper hand over their sporting rivals from the southern hemisphere – in a way which is not really true with other sports such as rugby union, league and cricket. This is because in the past football has not really exerted the same pull on the Australian sporting psyche as these others sports, meaning that England were at a definite advantage in terms of player quality and crowd support. When the two teams met in 2003, few would have predicted that an Australian side which had never competed in a World Cup in their history would have a chance against England – but the result confounded those betting on the outcome with bookmakers, sports betting and online casino sites.
The result of the 2003 clash between England and Australia was a stunning blow for the English national team and represents one of the major shock results in football history. This was an England side at virtually full-strength, against an Australia team that – at that time had never played at a World Cup before. Therefore it can be safely assumed that England were expected to win comfortably, but things started to go badly wrong in the first half, as goals from Tony Popovich and Harry Kewell – then also starring for English Premier League side Leeds United – put Australia into a 2-0 lead at half time.

England made radical changes to their line up in the second half, in an attempt to recover the position, and the young players brought on appeared to be set to spark a comeback when Francis Jeffers pulled one back with a header from a cross by Jermaine Jenas midway through the second period. However, it was the Socceroos who regained the initiative, with another of the Premiership’s Australian stars – Brett Emerton – grabbing the third, to rub salt in English wounds. The final score of 3-1 was one of Australian football’s most famous results up to that point, and marked the beginning of people sitting up and taking notice of the Socceroos – especially in England!
They are, however, still yet to be featured in football themed slots games, which no doubt are the cherry on top of the heap of all football glory. The slots game, known as Game On in many online casino sites, celebrates the football past of many legendary teams and players. On some rounds you play the casino game with proper old-style football trading cards, which allows you to revel in all the football trivia lodged in your head - enough to convert many sports betting enthusiasts into more traditional casino gamblers!

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