Jun 16, 2010
Australia will have to go into their next match against Ghana with an attacking mindset or face early elimination from the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
With star Tim Cahill still awaiting a FIFA decision as to whether he is banned for one game or two after his send off against Germany, Verbeek must go for striker options up front to give the Socceroos its best chance of success against the Africans.
Cahill received a red card after his 56th minute challenge on Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Socceroos first match of the World Cup against Germany.
The loss of Cahill leaves a big hole for Australia and it’s time for Harry Kewell to step up and fill the void.
Australia are currently bottom of Group D after one round of games and letting through four goals against the Germans has made it a very tough task from here on in.
In a must win game for the Aussies, much will depend on how Pim Verbeek structures his side and whether he can instill an offensive all out display against Ghana.
Ghana already have three points so for the Socceroos have to go all out for the win to even the ledger points wise with the Africans.
A draw means we will have to beat Serbia by a whatever the goal difference margin is for each team.
Lose to Ghana and we are out of the World Cup. Draw and we are almost out, but still alive. Win and we back in the ball game and destiny will take a different path.
Lucas Neill, Carl Valeri and Craig Moore all received yellow cards against Germany and will have to ensure they don’t attract the referee’s attention against Ghana or face time on the sidelines.
Australia play Ghana in their second Group D match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday June 20th at 12:00am Melbourne time.
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