Australia 2-1 Serbia
2010 FIFA World Cup
23 June 2010
Australia secured their first win of the 2010 World Cup but it wouldn’t be enough as they missed out on the knockout stage. The Socceroos opening 0-4 loss to Germany proved to be the difference as they were behind second place Ghana on goal difference.
Serbia would get some great chances in the first half but Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made some key saves to keep it scoreless. In the second half, the Aussies would score two goals in a four minute span to give them a chance at the knockout stage. The goals were from Tim Cahill in the 69th minute and Brett Holman in the 73rd minute.
Australia still needed a few more goals to make up the goal difference with Ghana but couldn’t find them. Serbia would make it even tougher by cutting the lead in half in the 84th minute with a Marko Pantelica goal.
Both sides were eliminated with the result. Serbia will be disappointed after getting a win against Germany but losing to the two other sides. Australia would have had a chance if they would earned a draw or conceded fewer goals against Germany.
Australia 2-1 Serbia Goal Videos
Australia 1-0 Serbia – (Cahill) 69′
Australia 2-0 Serbia – (Holman) 73′
Australia 2-1 Serbia – (Pantelic) 84′
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