Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac was pleased after his side's 1-1 draw against 10-man Australia today despite the African side's inability to grab all three points against their under-manned opponents. The Black Stars had a one-player advantage for almost 70 minutes at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium after Harry Kewell was sent off midway through the first half.
Brett Holman had given the Socceroos an 11th-minute advantage in Rustenburg, but his side were then dealt a blow after his fellow forward saw red for using his arm to keep out a certain goal for Jonathan Mensah after 23 minutes. Ghana searched for a winner but it was Pim Verbeek's side that looked the more likely to score as Scott Chipperfield and Luke Wilkshire were denied by Richard Kingson in the second half.
Rajevac was content with the result, despite facing a potential knockout match with Germany in their last game in Group D. He said: "The result is quite good because we have four points now. We will see how things go against Germany. Even if we had won, the last match would still have been very important.
"You see, there is no game won in advance at the World Cup and we can regret our missed chances today, but this is football. I'm saying again, we would have been in the same situation even if we had won and had six points.
"To a certain point, Australia now have got themselves more involved and I think Serbia will also be playing Australia for the result, so there are many different combinations. We are still very much in it and I am not unhappy with the final result."
The result is quite good because we have four points now. We will see how things go against Germany.
One explanation for his satisfaction could be because his side came into the game without defenders Isaac Vorsah and captain John Mensah - the centre-back pair that blanked out Serbia in the opening match. Rajevac added: "It was a game we had quite a bit of difficulty with before hand because two players couldn't be there on the pitch today. So instead of them we had two young players.
"We had a bad start during the first 15 minutes when we conceded a goal. But after that we started to fight for the result. We had a player more than Australia. We tried to score a second goal, but we didn't manage. We had quite a lot of opportunities but just couldn't get the breakthrough because they played very well, so congratulations to them."
His counterpart Verbeek, who was under severe pressure going into the game, praised his players for the manner in which they bounced back from the opening match 4-0 loss to the Germans: "It was a tough game, again, but I think it was a fantastic performance from our players. The reaction was excellent.
"We played about 70 minutes with 10 players and we really had to play hard. We knew we had to win this game and did a few things for the right result. We had some very good chances and the players worked very hard."