John Aldridge today led Ireland to its first berth in the World Cup soccer finals, scoring both goals today as Ireland beat Malta 2-0 in their qualifier match at Valletta, Malta.
Also advancing today into the final round to be held in Italy next year were the Soviet Union, Austria, Spain, Romania and Poland.
At Malta, Aldridge, who had not scored a competitive goal in 28 previous matches for Ireland, scored his first goal in the 30th minute and his second on a penalty in the 67th in the match before 25,000 fans at the Ta Qali National Stadium.
It is the first time Ireland has qualified for the finals.
At Vienna, Anton Polster scored three times to lead Austria to a 3-0 victory over East Germany today.
Polster scored in the second minute, converted a penalty in the 22nd and scored again in the 61st minute of the match.
In the same qualification Group 3, the Soviet Union beat Turkey 2-0.
The Soviet victory at Moscow dashed Turkey's hopes of qualifying for the finals for the first time since 1954.
In the final group standings, the Soviet Union had 11 points, Austria 9, Turkey and East Germany 7 and Iceland 6.
East German soccer fans, some with national flags draped over their shoulders, flooded central Vienna today hours before the match between Austria and East Germany.
Austria last Saturday temporarily suspended visa requirements for East Germans to let them support their national team after East Berlin lifted its travel restrictions Thursday.
The Austrian Football Assn. originally allocated 4,000 tickets to East German fans but many thousands more were snapped up for the 60,000-capacity stadium, an association spokesman said.
At Seville, Spain, the Spanish team defeated Hungary 4-0 today in their qualifying match.
The victory gave Spain first place in Group 6, and the loss ended Hungary's hopes for a trip to Italy next year.
Spain won on first-half goals by midfielder Manuel Sanchez, striker Emilio Butragueno and defender Juan Francisco Rodriguez. A fourth, by midfielder Fernando Gomez, came after the intermission.
The victory gave Spain 12 points and left Hungary in third place with eight.
At Bucharest, Romania clinched a berth in soccer's World Cup finals by defeating Denmark 3-1 in a Group 1 qualifier match.
The win put Romania on top of Group 1 with 9 points from 6 games, ahead of Denmark which finished with 8 points.
Gavrila Balint scored twice and Ioan Sabou once for Romania after Denmark took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Flemming Povlesen.
Also today, Poland defeated Albania 2-1 in a qualifying match held in the Albanian capital of Tirana, Polish radio reported. Striker Jacek Ziober and midfielder Ryszard Tarasiewicz scored for Poland. It was the last match in Group 2. Sweden and England have already advanced to the World Cup finals in Italy next year.