1st Half Analysis
What a first half it has been… Klumsy Kingston gave Australia the lead at 11’. The Socceroos thought they had something cooking up here… with a win they would be right back into the competition….. but, that did not happen. Kewell was sent off for handling the ball in the penalty area and a spot kick was awarded. Gyan converted it into to a goal which brought the Black Stars right back into the game.
If Australia have to get anything out of this they need to defend well enough so that they do not concede anymore goals. Ghana proving to be the better side in the first half do stand a chance to take away all 3 points from this fixture. With the scores leveled at 1-1 the second half promises to be interesting.
2nd Half Analysis
This game has been a battle till the very end. Australia deserves the credit for putting up a spectacular performance inspite of being reduced down to 10 men. Ghana played well too, however, they lacked a good finishing. Ghana’s right-back Panstil, towards the end of the game went down, he seemed to be bleeding quite badly… I hope he is alright and it is nothing serious. The Man of the Match went to Gyan. Full-time score line 1-1.
GOL!!!!! 11′ Holman (AUS)
GOL!!!!! 25′ A.Gyan (GHA) [P]
40′ Addy (GHA)
79′ Jonathan (GHA)
84′ Annan (GHA)
85′ Moore (AUS)
24′ Kewell (handling the ball in penalt area) [AUS]
56′ Owusu Abeyie (in) Tagoe (out) [GHA]
66′ Chipperfield (in) Bresciano (out) [AUS]
68′ Kennedy (in) Holman (out) [AUS]
77′ Muntari (in) K.Asamoah (out) [GHA]
85′ Rukavytsya (in) Wilkshire (out) [AUS]
87′ Amoah (in) Prince (out) [GHA]
Ghana: Kingson (C), Sarpei, A.Gyan, Pantsil, Annan, Jonathan, Tagoe, A.Ayew, Addy, , K.Asamoah, Prince.
Subs:Mensah Agyei, Inkoom, , D.Boateng, S.Appiah, Muntari, Amoah, Ahorlu, I.Ayew, Adiyiah, , Owusu Abeyie,Vorsah.
Australia: Schwarzer, Neill (C), Moore, Culina, Emerton, Wilkshire, Kewell, Holman, Carney, Valeri, Bresciano .
Subs: Beauchamp, Garcia, Kennedy, Federici, Jedinak, Chipperfield, Grella Rukavytsya, Galekovic, Milligan, Vidosic, , Cahill.
Ref: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg