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World Cup: Ghana 1, Australia 1

A shot hits the arm of Australia’s Harry Kewell, giving Ghana a penalty kick.

Associated Press

A shot hits the arm of Australia’s Harry Kewell, giving Ghana a penalty kick.

Ghana 1 Australia 1

RUSTENBURG, South Africa — Australia earned a tie despite playing a man down for about 70 minutes.

Australia led 1-0 in the 24th minute when Harry Kewell, one of four new starters after a 4-0 loss to Germany, got a red card for blocking a shot at the goal line with his upper arm. Asamoah Gyan converted the penalty kick.

"It's devastating for me," said Kewell, who must sit out the final group game as a result of the ejection. "There was no intent. The referee has killed my World Cup."

Ghana, which played without starting defenders John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah because of undisclosed injuries, could not convert on several chances from there. But coach Milovan Rajevac said he was pleased.

"We're still in the race," he said. "The boys were fighting for everything and with everything they had."

Times wires

World Cup: Ghana 1, Australia 1 06/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 20, 2010 4:47pm]
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