Australia, who are competing at the FIFA Confederations Cup for the fourth time this year, are perhaps best remembered for their role in the 49th match in the competition’s history. On 1 June 2001, the Socceroos achieved one of their best-ever results by beating France 1-0.
At the time, Les Bleus were the reigning world and European champions and seemingly invincible, as shown by their 5-0 thrashing of hosts Korea Republic in the tournament's opener. Even though many of their star players were left on the bench for the start of the game, they were still considered clear favourites. Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Nicolas Anelka all came on in the second half but were still unable to turn things around.
Clayton Zane’s precise strike in the 60th minute handed Australia an unlikely victory, although the loss did not prevent the French from going on to win the tournament.