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Australia hold on for 1-1 draw against Ghana

By The Assam Tribune

RUSTENBURG, June 19 (Agencies): Ten-man Australia held on for a 1-1 draw with Ghana on Saturday at the World Cup.

Australia, which lost Harry Kewell to a straight red card in the 24th minute, took the lead in the 11th. Forward Brett Holman slotted in a rebound after Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson had saved a free kick from Mark Bresciano.

Kewell, who led Australia�s attack, was sent off for blocking a shot from Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah on the line with his upper arm.

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan converted the ensuing penalty in the 25th for his second goal � and second penalty � of the tournament.

Ghana nearly went ahead two minutes later when Prince Tagoe�s close-range shot went just wide. The, just before halftime, forward Kevin-Prince Boateng made a run down the right and sent his shot toward the far post, but Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer tipped the shot behind for a corner. Ghana, which now leads Group D with four points, continually broke through Australia's defense and threatened to score, but couldn�t finish.

Earlier, Australia got off to a bright start, with the players looking to rebound from a 4-0 loss to Germany. Coach Pim Verbeek was heavily criticized for fielding a defensive lineup in that match and failing to filed a recognized striker.

Kewell�s red card against Ghana dulled Australia's dominance in the opening stages and unleashed wave after wave of attack by Ghana. The Australians had looked the far better team from the opening whistle up until the red card. A penalty claim in the second minute involving Kewell was waved away by the referee.

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Australia hold on for 1-1 draw against Ghana

RUSTENBURG, June 19 (Agencies): Ten-man Australia held on for a 1-1 draw with Ghana on Saturday at the World Cup.

Australia, which lost Harry Kewell to a straight red card in the 24th minute, took the lead in the 11th. Forward Brett Holman slotted in a rebound after Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson had saved a free kick from Mark Bresciano.

Kewell, who led Australia�s attack, was sent off for blocking a shot from Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah on the line with his upper arm.

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan converted the ensuing penalty in the 25th for his second goal � and second penalty � of the tournament.

Ghana nearly went ahead two minutes later when Prince Tagoe�s close-range shot went just wide. The, just before halftime, forward Kevin-Prince Boateng made a run down the right and sent his shot toward the far post, but Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer tipped the shot behind for a corner. Ghana, which now leads Group D with four points, continually broke through Australia's defense and threatened to score, but couldn�t finish.

Earlier, Australia got off to a bright start, with the players looking to rebound from a 4-0 loss to Germany. Coach Pim Verbeek was heavily criticized for fielding a defensive lineup in that match and failing to filed a recognized striker.

Kewell�s red card against Ghana dulled Australia's dominance in the opening stages and unleashed wave after wave of attack by Ghana. The Australians had looked the far better team from the opening whistle up until the red card. A penalty claim in the second minute involving Kewell was waved away by the referee.