Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tim Cahill and Brett Holman scored second half goals as Australia beat Serbia 2-1 in the last game Group D
Tim Cahill and Brett Holman scored second half goals as Australia beat Serbia 2-1 in the teams' final World Cup Group D match on Wednesday.
Neither team advanced, however, because Germany beat Ghana 1-0. Both of those teams moved into the second round.
Marko Pantelic pulled a goal back for Serbia, but Australia held on despite a late onslaught.
Cahill put the Australians ahead with a glancing header off Luke Wilkshire's cross in the 69th minute. Substitute Holman got the second from long range 4 minutes later.
Australia needed to win the match to have any chance of reaching the round of 16 and put on a stirring second-half performance. Serbia, knowing it would need a win if Germany beat Ghana, faded in the second half.
Australia: Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Michael Beauchamp, Tim Cahill, Josh Kennedy, Luke Wilkshire (Richard Garcia 82), Mark Bresciano (Scott Chipperfield 66), Jason Culina, Carl Valeri (Brett Holman 66), Brett Emerton, David Carney.
Serbia: Vladimir Stojkovic, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic, Aleksandar Lukovic, Milos Krasic (Zoran Tosic 62), Dejan Stankovic, Ivan Obradovic, Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Danko Lazovic, 77), Milos Ninkovic, Milan Jovanovic, Nikola Zigic (Marko Pantelic 67)
Labels: World Cup 2010