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Ghana vs. Australia: 1-1 tie leaves both teams with major challenges

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(Read caption) Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson grabs the ball during the World Cup group D soccer match between Ghana and Australia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Saturday.

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Ghana missed a good chance to all but confirm their place in the last 16 after failing to break down a determined Australian side that, for the second match running, finished with 10 men.

The 1-1 draw in Rustenberg now leaves the Black Stars in need of a draw or win when they play Germany at Johannesburg’s Soccer City on Wednesday. For Australia the task is far tougher – and not entirely in their own hands – though they will take solace from a performance that was much improved on their shambolic display against Germany in their opening game.

The Socceroos took the lead after 11 minutes through Brett Holman, although it owed much to a goalkeeping error by Richard Kingson. The Ghanaian stopper should have held Marco Bresciano’s free-kick, but the ball bounced off his chest, falling invitingly for Holman.


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