Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa

Referee: Roberto Rosetti | Attendance: 34812

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  • Asamoah Gyan 25' PEN

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  • Brett Holman 11'
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  • 94'

    Read our full match report on this exciting clash here.

  • 94'

    An impressive performance from Australia, digging in and grabbing a well-deserved point. For Ghana, what a missed opportunity. They will regret this result if they don't make it to the last 16.

  • 94'

    FULL TIME It's a draw in Rustenburg!

  • 92'

    Paintsil is down and it doesn't look good. A horrible clash of heads with leaves him nursing a gash to the head, he is stretchered off. Ghana now down to 10.

  • 92'

    Terrible from Gyan! Set free down the right, he had two men free in the Australian penalty area. His cross is woeful, flying out for a goal kick.

  • 91'

    The corner is cleared, only as far as Owusu-Abeyie, who's drive is turned over by Schwarzer.

  • 90'

    A late corner for Ghana, what a chance.

  • 90'

    Into stoppage time in Rustenburg...

  • 90'


  • 89'

    So close for Ghana! A superb ball from Muntari, and Mensah compounds quite a miserably afternoon for himself by heading over from six yards.

  • 88'

    A late chance for Ghana, a free kick given against Moore for a shove on Amoah. Muntari over the ball...

  • 87'

    Boateng off for Matthew Amoah.

  • 86'

    A long throw causes havoc in the Ghana back line. A foul is eventually given. The booking for Moore was for a late challenge on Ayew.

  • 85'

    Craig Moore. The referee books Moore for reasons that nobody quite understands.

  • 85'

    Five minutes to go and Australia look the team most likely to win this.

  • 84'

    Wilkshere off for Nikita Rukavytsya.

  • 83'

    Anthony Annan Annan brings down the lively Chipperfield.

  • 82'

    Ghana will be really disappointed with how this is going. They'll kick themselves if they don't take advantage of this situation.

  • 81'

    Australia are playing really well here. Solid defensively, and looking lively on the break.

  • 79'

    Free kick Australia, but Brett Emerton hits a poor effort high over the bar.

  • 78'

    Mensah More naive defending. A poor clearance from Kingson and Chipperfield is dragged down by Mensah.

  • 77'

    Kevin-Prince Boateng rues a missed chance for Ghana

  • 77'

    Can Muntari provide the guile Ghana have been lacking?

  • 76'

    Muntari on for Asamoah.

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    What an interception by Craig Moore! The ball is played through and as Gyan raced through, Moore stuck out a leg a got a foot on it. Classy defending.

  • 74'

    Ghana need to get the ball to Gyan. Australia are struggling to contain the front man.

  • 73'

    Ghana look really nervous in defence. Devoid of their first choice defensive pairing they don't look comfortable at all.

  • 72'

    ESPN Stats & Info: If the game remains 1-1, then all three games at Rustenburg have ended with the same scoreline.

  • 71'

    Chipperfield misses again! Played through he slides the ball straight into the body of Kingson, the rebound is volleyed goalwards but Ghana clear. A really lively encounter now!

  • 70'

    A real chance for Gyan! Boateng plays an excellent ball down the side of Craig Moore and Gyan is away. Through on goal he slices his left-foot effort wide. Poor from the Ghana number three.

  • 70'

    Owusu-Abeyie the latest Ghana player to try his luck. He curls a harmless strike over the bar.

  • 69'

    The game is starting to open up now. Credit to Australia for continuing to try and win the game.

  • 68'

    Kennedy has gone right up front for Australia. They haven't settled for a point just yet.

  • 67'

    Holman off for Kennedy.

  • 66'

    A rare chance for Australia. Emerton sends a lofted ball into box and Chipperfield with his first touches powers a header over.

  • 65'

    Chipperfield on for Bresciano.

  • 64'

    Gyan does well again, beating his man before feeding Asamoah. Yet again he chooses to shoot from distance and the chance is gone.

  • 63'

    Mensah the latest to shoot from way outside the area. Ghana need to work the ball closer to the goal, they won't trouble Schwarzer with shots like this.

  • 61'

    A solid defensive header from Craig Moore. Australia are dealing with Ghana well at the moment.

  • 61'

    Free kick Ghana after a foul on Boateng. Owusu-Abeyie to deliver...

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    Almost for Ghana. Boateng and Sarpei exchange an excellent one-two but their path to goal is blocked once again.

  • 59'

    Another effort from Gyan. Ghana look a real threat when he's on the ball. His effort from the edge of the box is calmly gathered by Schwarzer.

  • 59'

    Australia were keeping the ball well until possession was conceeded. They need to be wary of the pace Ghana now have in their team.

  • 58'

    The free kick is wasted, foul given against Australia.

  • 57'

    A chance for Australia to get the ball in the box, Holman earns the foul.

  • 55'

    Owusu-Abeyie on for Prince Tagoe

  • 55'

    Another optimistic effort from Ghana, their certainly not scared to have a go from distance.

  • 52'

    Ghana waste a good position. Ayew does really well to get down the left, he feeds Boateng who slows down the attack completely. The momentum had gone and in the end Schwarzer gathers the eventual cross easily.

  • 50'

    Harry Kewell was furious with his dismissal

  • 49'

    Asamoah Gyan has really come to life since his goal. After sloppy play from Bresciano, Gyan slalomed forward and curled a decent effort to Schwarzer's left. The keeper is down well to stop it.

  • 48'

    Ghana are pressing well here, Australia haven't got out of their own half since the restart.

  • 46'

    Lovely stuff from Asamoah. Striding past Valeri, he has a pop from 40 yards. Neat approach play from the midfielder.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Straight from kick off it looked like Tagoe had got behind Carney, but the referee called it back for a foul.

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Ghana get the second half underway.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Australia have not had a shot since their goal in the 11th minute. Before the Australia goal, Ghana had just one shot. Since, Ghana have had nine shots.

  • 45'

    During half-time, why not take a read of John Brewin?s reaction to England's shocking draw against Algeria.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Ghana's last three goals at the World Cup have been penalties, including in their last match against Serbia.

  • 45'

    What a chance for Ghana to press on in the second half! Can Australia hang on for a point?

  • 45'

    HALF TIME The referee blows the whistle right on 45 minutes.

  • 44'

    Inexplicably the referee has given a goal kick. One of the worst decisions at this World Cup in my opinion...

  • 43'

    Great save Schwarzer! Carney was dispossessed, Kevin Prince Boateng brought the ball right into the Australia penalty area, eventually hitting the ball low across goal, only to be denied by the Aussie keeper.

  • 42'

    Ghana seeing more of the ball in the last five minutes. Maybe a push for a second goal at the end of the half...

  • 42'

    Ghana celebrate their equaliser

  • 41'

    Both teams look content to get to half time level. Ghana will surely go for it in the second half?

  • 40'

    Lee Addy A nasty looking challenge on Bresciano, a well deserved booking.

  • 38'

    Australia have their first forray forward since the equaliser. Great work from Emerton who holds off Mensah, feeding Carney who's cross comes to nothing.

  • 38'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Six players have been sent off in the last four World Cup matches involving Australia.

  • 36'

    Asamoah's free kick hits the wall. Craig Moore seems to be struggling with the pace of Ghana's attacking players.

  • 35'

    A late challenge from Craig Moore brings down Ayew, great chance for Ghana.

  • 34'

    Mensah's shot heads towards Harry Kewell on the line

  • 33'

    Ghana really need to make the extra man count. They could take a massive step into the second round here.

  • 32'

    The game has settled down again after a frantic few minutes. Australia will be happy with this pace now.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    The Aussies are doing the sensible thing and trying to keep the ball. They've got an hour to play with 10 men...

  • 29'

    Australia look shell shocked. They need to wake up and soon, otherwise this one could get away from them.

  • 29'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Ghana have never earned a point in the two previous World Cup matches in which they have conceded the first goal.

  • 28'

    Gyan again gets his head on the corner, but it goes well over the bar.

  • 27'

    Asamoah Gyan has come to life! Dribbling down the left and Australia bring him down. Free kick to Ghana.

  • 26'

    Prince Tagoe with a great opening to make it two!!! He breaks down the left, and instead of squaring to Gyan he fires a weak effort wide.

  • 24'

    GOAL FOR GHANA! Asamoah Gyan slots home a penalty! Disaster for Australia! A Ghana corner causes chaos in the penalty area. Mensah's effort at goal is stopped by Kewell's arm on the line and he's off. What a turnaround!

  • 23'


  • 23'

    Brett Holman celebrates his goal

  • 23'

    Harry Kewell

  • 21'

    Prince Tagoe sums up Ghana's afternoon so far. He tries to bring the ball forward, only to swing his foot at the ball and completely fluff it. Awful.

  • 20'

    Schwarzer is called into action for the first time as he comes out and collects the corner comfortably.

  • 19'

    Andre Ayew is at least looking lively for Ghana. His run creates space for a effort from 20-yards out. It deflects off Lucas Neill for a corner.

  • 18'

    You can't help but wonder how much better this Ghana side would be with Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari in the middle of the park...

  • 17'

    A sight of goal for Ghana. Ayew gets his head onto a cross but can only send the ball skyward and the chance passes.

  • 16'

    ESPN Stats & Info. Holman's strike was the fastest goal ever for Australia at the World Cup and this is the first time in nine World Cup matches that Australia have scored first.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    Australia are looking very comfortable here, Ghana can't keep the ball and Schwarzer has not been troubled.

  • 13'

    Ghana are looking to get a foot hold in the game. They need a spell in possession but the ball is given away again.

  • 12'

    This group is now wide open, Ghana look very nervy.

  • 10'

    GOAL Bresciano's effort from the free kick is spilt by Kingson. Holman can't believe his luck and slots in the rebound.

  • 9'

    Valeri tries to burst through the midfield, he's brought down and Australia can get a shot on goal.

  • 8'

    Emerton heads the ball away on the front post, the games hasn't really got going yet.

  • 8'

    First corner for Ghana, a chance to get the ball into the box.

  • 7'

    Panic in the Ghana defence! Kingson comes out to claim a tame through ball only to collide with Addy. Ghana lucky to escape there.

  • 6'

    The delivery is behind everyone and drifts harmlessly out of play.

  • 6'

    Dangerous free kick for Australia, Bresciano is stood over the ball...

  • 5'

    First shot of the game from Kevin Prince Boateng. Neat foot work from the Portsmouth man, who then fires an ambitious 30-yard effort well wide.

  • 4'

    First foul of the game, a high foot on Harry Kewell in the centre circle gives Australia the chance to launch an attack.

  • 3'

    A really positive start from Australia, looks like the Socceroos are up for this one.

  • 2'

    Big penalty shout for Australia. Harry Kewell gets behind Addy who looked to have brought him down, but the referee waves play on.

  • 1'

    Australia looking to get out of the blocks quickly. The ball from the back is too long for Brett Emerton.


    Kick off Australia get us started in Rustenburg.


    The teams are in the tunnel, it's almost time to get going.


    For the second game in a row Ghana are forced to start without star player Sulley Muntari. Australia bring in Harry Kewell for Richard Garcia.


    For Australia, surely only a win will do? They can't go out today, but if they lose they'll have a mountain to climb against Serbia in their final game.


    Australia and Ghana go head-to-head in Rustenburg today, and while the Black Stars can't seal qualification for the last 16, they can take a massive step towards the second round.


    Join us at 1400 GMT to see if the Aussies can turn it around against Ghana.



Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Ghana

  • 22(6)

  • 14

  • 22

  • 50%


  • Australia

  • 8(5)

  • 13

  • 18

Match Stats

  • Ghana
  • Australia
22(6) Shots (on goal) 8(5)
22 Fouls 18
6 Corner kicks 1
2 Offsides 2
50% Time of Possession 50%
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 1
4 Saves 4

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