Aussies sneak first win
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Australia defeated Equatorial Guinea by the odd goal in five in the Group D encounter in Bochum, leaving the entertaining Africans on the verge of exiting the tournament.

The Matildas’ early dominance paid off in the eighth minute when Equatorial Guinea's inability to clear their lines cost them dearly. Heather Garriock’s shot was parried into the path of Leena Khamis who converted the simplest of chances.

There was a bizarre moment in the 15th minute when Khamis clipped the post and Bruna, possibly believing that a free-kick had been awarded, collected the rebound in her hands. However, the referee had not blown for a foul, but nor did she see the incident, and play continued as normal.

Against the run of play, Equatorial Guinea found themselves level in the 21st minute. Servet Uzunlar thought she had all the time in the world to dribble the ball back to Lydia Williams, but Anonman was lurking behind her. The Guinean captain robbed the defender of possession and slipped the ball past the onrushing keeper and into the net.

From then on it was all Australia. Van Egmond and Khamis both had half chances, but they came closest to regaining the lead two minutes before the end of the first half when Collette McCallum's free-kick from the edge of the box rattled the crossbar.

Two goals in three minutes early in the second half put Tom Sermanni’s en route to victory. In the 48th minute, Khamis did well to keep a long ball in play and was able to cross into the box. The stretching De Vanna failed to make contact, but Van Egmond was on hand to drive the ball home.

Another long ball was key to Australia doubling their advantage. McCallum clipped the ball into the penalty area, De Vanna timed her run to perfection and prodded it past Miriam.

A moment of magic from a Anonman almost reduced the deficit 20 minutes from time. Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, she clipped it towards goal with the outside of her boot but it flew narrowly wide of the far post.

McCallum went close again twice as the game drew to its conclusion. Her free-kick from the edge of the box was deflected just wide for a corner and then she clipped the bar again with a speculative effort from the left-wing.

With Australia looking comfortable another mistake from the unfortunate Uzunlar allowed Equatorial Guinea back into the game. The Sydney FC defender was once again caught in possession by Anonman who took full advantage, hitting a right footed shot past Williams.

However, chances dried up for both teams in the final minutes and the Aussies held on for the three points.

Player of the match: Lisa De Vanna (AUS)