World Cup for Women's Germany 2011: Group D

Matildas win in a bizarre game
By Chris Dunkerley

Sunday 3 July 2010 at Bochum, Germany

Australia 3
(Leena Khamis 8', Emily van Egmond 48', Lisa De Vanna 51')
Equatorial Guinea 2
(Anonman 21', 83')

(Image linked from FIFA web site)

Australia's Matildas kept their competition hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Equatorial Guinea in their Group D game. Despite a clear penalty being turned down and coughng up two soft goals through defensive errors the Australian dominated the game.

In a bizarre game that was notable for a refereeing blunder that will make the Youtube hits list, the Australian's dominated possession (60%) as Equatorial Guinea sat back, ready to break fast through their one star, Anonman.

In the eighth minute Equatorial Guinea's inability to clear let in Heather Garriock to shoot, and as this was parried it fell into the angled path of Leena Khamis who knocked the ball into the net.

There was a totally bizarre moment in the 15th minute when Leena Khamis clipped the post with a shot and as it bounced in the box, Bruna, possibly believing that a free-kick had been awarded, collected the rebound in her hands and then realising her error, threw the ball down. However, the referee had not blown for a foul, but somehow she did not see the incident either. The keeper gathered and play continued.

In the 21st minute, Servet Uzunlar thought she had time to control the ball and perhaps lay it off to Lydia Williams, but Anonman was lurking behind her. The Guinean captain robbed Uzunlar and slipped the ball past the on-rushing Williams and into the net.

The Matildas played the ball around and looked likely to score again. Alas despite the lurking Khamis and two free kicks from captain Collette McCallum that hit the goal posts they went in at the break square.

Lisa De Vanna came on after the break in a change of formation with an injury to Sally Shippard. It was only three minutes before Emily van Egmond slammed a great shot into the net, backing up from the right after the ball had been played down the left.

Another three minutes later McCallum turned at the half-way line after easing pressure in the midfield. She sent the ball 45m into the penalty area and was met by a surging De Vanna who had timed her run to perfection, and only had the prod the ball past Miriam.

Anonman single handedly created a chance, curling the ball but it flew narrowly wide of the far post.

Despite possession being still with the Australian's and McCallum twice hitting the goals with shots, it was Equatorial Guinea who came back with a goal.

Again it was the usually reliable Servet Uzunlar who was caught in possession by Anonman, who placed the ball into the net out of the reach of Australia's 'keeper Lydia Williams.

Australia continued to dominate but were unable to extend their lead.

Marcello Frigerio, Equatorial Guinea coach said, "This was a very tough match which we expected. Australia has very fast players, they are a very good team and a very settled team and we knew it would be very difficult today and the most important thing is that we played the way we played and we made a good impression".

Tom Sermanni, Australia coach said that "we are pleased that we won and that we are still in the competition. We made the game a little bit more difficult for ourselves than we needed to at times. It was a game of contrasts, we played some excellent football and created great chances and at other times we made some very poor mistakes which could take five years off my life expectancy!"

Karen Espelund, Match Commissioner, made a statement, concerning the hand ball in the penalty area - "Gaal Gyoengyi, the referee, told me after the game that she was sorry that she missed that incident. She expressed her deep sorrow". One has to wonder whether allowing the 'keeper to play in a close colour to her outfield players may have contributed.

Norway were beaten by Brasil 0-3 in the other group game.

The next Matilda's game is against Norway on 7 July.

2pm, Sunday 3 July 2010 at Bochum, Germany

Australia 3
(Leena Khamis 8', Emily van Egmond 48', Lisa De Vanna 51')
Equatorial Guinea 2

    Crowd: 15,640


    Player listing:
    [18] Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), [3] Kim CARROLL, [7] Heather GARRIOCK, [8] Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, [10] Servet UZUNLAR, [12] Emily VAN EGMOND, [14] Collette McCALLUM (c) (4. Clare POLKINGHORNE +78'), [15] Sally SHIPARD ( 11. Lisa DE VANNA +46'), [16] Lauren COLTHORPE, [19] Leena KHAMIS, [20] Samantha KERR (2. Teigen ALLEN +69')

    Substitutes not used: [1] Melissa BARBIERI (rgk), [21] Casey DUMONT (rgk), [5] Laura ALLEWAY, [6] Ellyse PERRY, [9] Caitlin FOORD, [13] Tameka BUTT, [17] Kyah SIMON

    Coach: Tom Sermani (Australia)

    Yellow Cards: Lisa De Vanna 72'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Player listing:
    [1] MIRIAM (gk), [2] BRUNA (-83'), [3] DULCIA, [4] CAROLINA, [5] ANA CRISTINA, [6] VANIA, [7] DIALA, [9] DORINE, [10] ANONMAN (c), [14] JUMARIA (-66'), [15] CHINASA (-57')

    Substitutes not used: [13] YAO (gk), [18] MARIA ROSA (gk), [8] EMILIANA, [11] NATALIA, [12] SINFOROSA (+66'), [16] LUCRECIA, [17] ADRIANA (+57'), [19] FATOUMATA, [20] CHRISTELLE, [21] LAETITIA (+83')

    Coach: Marcello FRIGERIO (ITA)

    Yellow Cards: ANONMAN (EQG) 41', ANA CRISTINA (EQG) 46', SINFOROSA (EQG) 79'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Referee: Gyoengyi Gaal (Hungary) 5/10;
    Assistant Referee 1: Cristina Cini (Italy), Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinal (England); Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)

    Best players: Australia - Collette McCallum, Emily van Egmond, Elise Kellond-Knight; Equatorial Guinea - Anonman

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match Report by Chris Dunkerley

(The Matildas squad)

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