x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Battling Australians hold on for point

Harry Kewell was sent off midway through the first half but Australia managed to cling on to a 1-1 draw with Ghana.

Andre Ayew of Ghana is held off by Australia's Brett Emerton.
Andre Ayew of Ghana is held off by Australia's Brett Emerton.

RUSTENBURG // The Australian forward Harry Kewell was sent off midway through the first half but Australia managed to cling on to a 1-1 draw with Ghana in a result that put the Africans top of Group D. The Australians led as early as the 11th minute when Brett Holman profited from an error by the Ghanaian keeper Richard Kingson who spilled a shot from Mark Bresciano, allowing Holman to net the rebound. But 13 minutes later Kewell was sent off for handling the ball on the line and Asamoah Gyan equalised from the resulting penalty. The Australians vehemently protested, but it seemed the correct decision from the referee. Ghana lead the group with four points from Germany and Serbia on three and Australia on one before the final group games. * Reuters

Group D
Country M W D L GF GA Pts
Ghana 2 1 1 0 2 1 4
Serbia 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
Germany 2 1 0 1 4 1 3
Australia 2 0 1 1 1 5 1