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Ghana held by 10-man Aussies, pressure in final match

[Posted 19 Jun 2010]
Ghana held by 10-man Aussies, pressure in final match

Beezsports Reporter

Ghana and Australia played to a nervy 1-1 draw in a Group D match played at the Royal Bafokeng Palace in Rustenburg today. Australia managed to overcome the disadvantage of playing with 10 men after the dismissal of Harry Kewell in the First Half who was harsly adjudged to have deliberately handled in the box.

The Socceros took an early lead in the 11th minute when Brett Holman pounced on a spilled free-kick by the Black Stars keeper Richard Kingson to stab home the lead. It was a spirited performance and a very positive approach by Australia who were beaten 4-0 by Germany in their opening match. The Socceroos fans had expected their team to respond with character in this match, and their team did not disappoint. They opened the match positively and forced Ghana to play second fiddle for the opening ten minutes. The Socceroos were rewarded with a goal, which can be credited to both the alertness of the Socceroos' strikers as much as it was a product of a schooboy blunder from the Ghana veteran goalkeeper.

Ghana responded with a series of raids on the Socceroos' goal, with Andre Ayew at the centre of their beautiful moves. The Under 20 World Cup winning captain was a thorn in the flesh of the Socceroos defence each time he had possession. In one such moment in the 24th minute, Ayew danced his ways past bemused Australian defenders and made a cross which resulted in a penalty.

Sure footed penalty taker Asamoah Gyan who was interestingly voted Man-of-the match, stepped up to send the keeper Schwarzer the wrong way.

After the goal Ghana subjected Australia to a heavy torrent of attacks until a master stroke of genius from the Socceroos coach Verbeek who made a number of changes including bringing in Kennedy and Chipperfield for Holman and Bresciano respectively. This immediately swung things back in favour of the 10-men Socceroos who responded by putting Ghana on the back foot for the last 15 minutes of the match. They even threatened to take the lead at some point if it was not for the redeeming saves from Kingson. Ghana managed to hold on and even threatened to take the lead on the death with young Jonathan Mensah out-jumping the Socceroos defence to head narrowly over the bar.

With Serbia who lost 0-1 to Ghana in the opening match having beaten Germany by a similar scoreline, the Black Stars now sit on top of Group D with only 4 points. Ghana had every opportunity in this match to wrap up their group campaign, but their failure means only one point seperates them from Germany and Serbia. The Black Stars, Africa's brightest hope for second round football at this first World Cup on Africa soil, will have to go all out for a fight against a Germany side which will be desperate to win this match for a realistic chance of qualifying. Ghana are therefore up against the wall, despite the fact that they now lead Group D. A loss to Germany and a victory for Serbia in the final matches will eliminate Ghana, while a draw will be good enough to see them through.


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