Pre-game: Ghana vs. Australia
Day 9, Match 2
Ghana vs. Australia, Group D
Date and Location
June 19, Royal Bakofeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
Watch the Rogers Pre-game Show 30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.
What's at stake
Australia is still smarting from its 4-0 loss to Germany, while Ghana is riding high following a 1-0 win over Serbia, earned on the back of an injury-time penalty. Germany, Serbia and Ghana are tied for first in Group D with three points each, although the Africans have a game in hand. Australia picks up the rear.
A win by Ghana would give them the sole lead and put them in a great position to win the group. A draw would also let them control their destiny heading into the final round of games.
The Socceroos have it all to do, needing a win against Ghana to have a realistic chance at making it to the second round.
Midfielder Tim Cahill picked up a red card in Australia’s previous match, earning an automatic suspension for this encounter. Also, defenders Lucas Neill and Craig Moore and midfielder Carl Valeri were cautioned against Serbia, which means they will be ruled out for Australia’s final game of the first round if they are cautioned against Ghana.
Forward Prince Tagoe and defender Isaac Vorsah will miss Ghana’s next game if they earn a yellow card against Australia.
Player to watch for Ghana
Asamoah Gyan — A winning goal from the penalty spot in injury time has done the forward’s confidence no harm. Fast and intelligent with the ball at his feet, he has the potential to cause plenty of problems for the Australian defence, if he receives the proper service.
Player to watch for Australia
Mark Schwarzer — After being beaten four times by the Germans, Schwarzer will be looking to redeem himself against Ghana. The goalkeeper needs to have a flawless game and keep Australia in the match for as long as he possibly can.
Richard Garcia vs. John Mensah — Australia needs goals in a big way, and Garcia might be the man to provide them. Look for Australia to get the ball to him, so that the speedy winger can run at defenders directly. It’ll be up to Mensah, the quarterback of Ghana’s defence, to try to stop him.
"It was good to see the guys play so well [against Serbia]. It did not matter that I didn't play. The big thing was that we won. I'm now looking forward to helping the guys in our next match against Australia. I'm really looking forward to it." – midfielder Sulley Muntari
"We have got to forget about the Germany game, as difficult as it is. We have got to regroup and pick ourselves up and make sure everyone, but especially the senior guys, get together and rallies and make sure we put everything into the next two games." – goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
World Cup head-to-head
Ghana and Australia have never met at the World Cup
All time head-to-head
- Games played: 6
- Australia: 4 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw
- Ghana: 1 win, 4 losses, 1 draw
- Goals: Australia 7, Ghana 3
- Last match: Australia defeated Ghana 1-0 on home soil in an international friendly in 2008.