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Shooting the Breeze: World Cup 2010 Day 13 - Group D Final Games

It's England vs Germany again in the World Cup as the Germans eased to a 1-0 win over Ghana to top Group D. The Ghanaians become the only African representatives to qualify from the group phase in World Cup 2010 after Australia turned over Serbia 2-1 in the other Group D match.

It was a nervewracking finish for yet another group in which all the sides had at least a mathematical chance of qualifying for the group stage. In the end it was Ghana who joined Germany in the second round after playing their role in an engaging final group game.

The Germany vs Ghana deadlock was broken on the hour and it was Mesut Ozil with a stylish left foot shot which sizzled past Richard Kingson in the Ghana goal after the Ghana defence fatally gave the German playmaker acres of space in which to pick his spot from the edge of the area.

It was the least the Germans deserved for all their pressure in the second half but all eyes were on the result from the Serbia vs Australia game. The Aussies were only mathematically capable of qualifying from the group but a 2 goal salvo in the 69th and 73rd minutes stoked up the dying embers of Australian hopes as Tim Cahill's header and Brett Holman's thunderbolt strike from the edge of the area effectively sank Serbia's chances.

Not even a late consolation from Marko Pantelic in the 84th minute could change matters for Serbia when the striker punished a rare Mark Schwarzer spill in front of goal from Zoran Tosic's cross. Two minutes later Pantelic had what he thought was the equaliser ruled out for offside.

The Australians had managed to give their campaign a mark of respectability to finish above the much fancied Serbians in Group D.

With England only managing to qualify second in their group it seemed inevitable that England would face a tough road to the final with Germany as their first opponents in the second round.

Roll on Sunday...


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