India achieved a memorable win in Olympic football. They destroyed the hosts Australia 4-2 to enter the Olympic semi-finals and became the first Asian nation to reach the last four. Centre forward Neville D’Souza scored a hat-trick (the first Asian to achieve this feat in the Olympics).
The Indian playing eleven in the 3-5-2 formation on that historic day at Melbourne was as follows:
Goalkeeper: Peter Thangaraj (Hyderabad/Services)
Defenders: S.K. Azizuddin (Hyderabad), S.A. Salaam (Hyderabad), SA Latif (Hyderabad).
Midfielders: Kempiah (Bengal), Noor Mohammed (Hyderabad).
Forwards: P.K. Banerjee (Bihar/Railways), Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee (Bengal), Neville D’Souza (Bombay), J. Kittu (Bengal) and Kannayan (Bengal).