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Saturday, 19th June 2010
Australia See Red Again

Group D Match

Ghana vs Australia
in Rustenburg

With Germany losing to Serbia yesterday, it's still all to play for in Group D.

The two Ghana centre-backs looked a little suspect in the early minutes but they did have their captain standing in the goal, behind them.

Unfortunately, the captain flapped at Mark Bresciano's free-kick; allowing Brett Holman to follow up on the free ball, with little more than ten minutes played.

Then, like a boomerang returning from their first games Australia were shown another red card - Harry Kewell, handled on the line - and Ghana were given another penalty; Asamoah Gyan again hitting the back of the net, to bring the teams level.

Mark Schwarzer pushed out a low shot (for a goal-kick) from Kevin-Prince Boateng just before half-time. Strange call from Roberto Rosetti, surely it should have been a corner.

Half-time: 0:0

Ghana started the second-half trying to make the most of the extra man. Australia, for their part, couldn't afford to give careless balls away.

Scott Chipperfield headed the ball towards goal just after coming on for Mark Bresciano. Straight away at the other end, Ghana came close. Both teams still looking to win the game.

A fine double save by Richard Kingson again kept Australia out in the 72nd minute, as the double substitutions liven things up for the Socceroos. Even the Australian fans sensed their ten-men could come away from Rustenburg with a win.

Not to be outdone, Ghana pushed forward and Asamoah Gyan had another great chance for the West Africans.

With fifteen minutes still to go, the game had a real cup final feel to it.

Jonathan Mensah headed wide from Sulley Muntari's free-kick in the last minute of normal time as Ghana struggled to get in front of Australia.

Ghana had all the stops but Australia pulled out the stops. It's all to play for on Wednesday.

Final Score:
Ghana 1 Australia 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Brett Holman (11 mins)
1:1 Asamoah Gyan (25 mins) - penalty.

Man of The Match:
Mark Schwarzer - Even though the referee didn't think so, the save from Kevin-Prince Boateng - just before half-time - kept Australia in the game.

Teams

Travel to Ghana Ghana:
22 Richard Kingson; 2 Hans Sarpei, 19 Lee Addy, 8 Jonathan Mensah, 4 John Pantsil; 13 Andre Ayew, 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng, 6 Anthony Annan, 12 Prince Tagoe; 3 Asamoah Gyan, 21 Kwadwo Asamoah.

Travel to Australia Australia:
1 Mark Schwarzer; 21 David Carney, 3 Craig Moore, 2 Lucas Neill, 8 Luke Wilkshire; 5 Jason Culina, 23 Mark Bresciano, 14 Brett Holman, 16 Carl Valeri, 7 Brett Emerton; 10 Harry Kewell.

Referee:
Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

Substitutions Substitutions:
56 Mins (Ghana) - 20 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on for 12 Prince Tagoe
66 Mins (Australia) - 11 Scott Chipperfield on for 23 Mark Bresciano
68 Mins (Australia) - 9 Josh Kennedy on for 14 Brett Holman
73 Mins (Ghana) - 11 Sulley Muntari on for 21 Kwadwo Asamoah
84 Mins (Australia) - 17 Nikita Rukavytsya on for 8 Luke Wilkshire
87 Mins (Ghana) - 14 Matthew Amoah on for 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
40 Mins - Lee Addy (Ghana)
79 Mins - Jonathan Mensah (Ghana)
84 Mins - Anthony Annan (Ghana)
86 Mins - Craig Moore (Australia)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
24 Mins - Harry Kewell (Australia)

Previous Encounters:
Of the five friendly matches held in Australia, the home side have won four and lost one. On neutral territory (London, in 2006), Ghana drew with Australia (1:1).

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
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Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
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Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
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Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
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Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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