Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brave Socceroos out despite beating Serbia

Despite beating Serbia 2-1 in their final group game, Australia missed out on a chance to go through to the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Socceroos 4-0 defeat against group winners Germany in their opening game, gave Ghana the second spot in the group only on goal difference, after both teams finished level on four points.

Tim Cahill gave Australia the lead after 69 minutes with a well-taken header. Four minutes later the Socceroos were 2-0 up with a stunning long range effort from substitute Bret Holman.

At the same time the Germans were leading Ghana 1-0 in the other group match, which meant that the Australians needed to score two more goals to go through.

But Serbia pulled one back six minutes from time through Marko Pantelic to make the task more difficult for the Australians.

The Serbians then were denied a penalty in the last minutes of the game after Tim Cahill handled the ball inside the area, and the match ended with a win for Australia.

It was Australia's second ever win at the World Cup Finals after they recorded their first win the 2006 edition against Japan.