Ghana 1 Australia 1
Sympathy for Harry Kewell is not a commodity generally found in abundance. Only last week the player wanted a showdown with a journalist who had criticised him for alleged lack of commitment to his country.
On Saturday in Rustenburg, however, it was possible to offer commiserations for someone whose World Cup could be over after 25 minutes following six months of overcoming injury to be there. His team-mates do at least have one more game, and Group D is one of those where all four teams still have a chance of qualifying. Kewell, however, will have sit out the match against Serbia on Wednesday.
This time the problem was a supposed handling offence to prevent Ghana's Jonathan Mensah equalising Brett Holman's early goal. Having awarded a penalty, which Asamoah Gyan duly tucked away, the experienced Italian referee Roberto Rosetti had no option but to send him off.
Kewell was understandably upset, saying of the referee: "I'm devastated, he's killed my World Cup." The Socceroos' coach Pim Verbeek also felt aggrieved: "What can you do with your arm, cut it off? It has to be intentional to send the player off."
Richard Kingson was the latest keeper to be undone by the Jabulani ball for Australia's goal, Ghana's coach Milovan Rajevac complaining: "You never know how it will continue its trajectory once it hits the pitch."
Australia, with a weak goal difference, must beat the Serbs and hope that Ghana can defeat Germany. Kewell would just like to be playing against anybody.
Cameroon 1 Denmark 2
A despondent Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o said his side had missed a great opportunity to do something special after they exited Africa's first World Cup.
Cameroon lost to Denmark in Pretoria on Saturday night despite taking an early lead, leaving them to fight for pride alone in their last match against Holland. Their campaign was marred by a row between senior players and coach Paul Le Guen.
Eto'o's goal had given Cameroon the lead after 10 minutes, but they lacked the killer touch thereafter, failing to convert many chances. Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl struck for the Danes.Reuse content