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Saturday, June 19, 2010
Rajevac pleased with point

Soccernet staff

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac was pleased with his side's 1-1 draw with Australia on Saturday, despite the Black Stars playing against 10 men for over an hour.

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Rajevac's side failed to take all three points in Rustenburg after Harry Kewell was dismissed for blocking Jonathan Mensah's goal-bound shot with his arm.

Ghana equalised from the resulting penalty through Asamoah Gyan, after Brett Holman had given Australia the lead.

Rajevac was content with the result, despite Australia looking the most likely of the two teams to find a winner in the second half.

"The result is quite good because we have four points now," Rajevac said. "We will see how things go against Germany. Even if we had won, the last match would still have been very important."

"You see, there is no game won in advance at the World Cup and we can regret our missed chances today, but this is football. I'm saying again, we would have been in the same situation even if we had won and had six points."

The Serbian coach believes the point for Australia may help Ghana, as they will now have to go all out for victory in their final Group D match.

"To a certain point Australia now have got themselves more involved," he said. "I think Serbia will also be playing Australia for the result, so there are many different combinations. We are still very much in it and I am not unhappy with the final result."

Rajevac was particularly pleased with the result given that Ghana were forced to play without their first choice centre-back pairing, and instead played the inexperienced duo of Jonathan Mensah and Lee Addy.

"It was a game we had quite a bit of difficulty with," he said. "Before hand because two players couldn't be there on the pitch today. So instead of them we had two young players."

"We had a bad start during the first 15 minutes when we conceded a goal, but after that we started to fight for the result. We had a player more than Australia."

"We tried to score a second goal, but we didn't manage. We had quite a lot of opportunities but just couldn't get the breakthrough because they played very well, so congratulations to them."

Australia coach Pim Verbeek cited the dismissal of Kewell as the turning point in the match.

"I think we were very unlucky with the red card," Verbeek said. "I think it was a mistake from the referee. That was not a red card, we were unlucky with that. But I think the players reacted very well."

The Dutchman was pleased with his team's performance, claiming it was an excellent reaction to their 4-0 defeat to Germany in their opwning game.

"It was a tough game, again, but I think it was a fantastic performance from our players," he said. "The reaction was excellent. We played about 70 minutes with 10 players and we really had to play hard."

"We knew we had to win this game and did a few things for the right result. We had some very good chances and the players worked very hard."

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