PULSATING STUFF A game to match the dramatic sunset in Rustenburg and who would have thought that the placid game we had in the bright sunshine of the afternoon was destined to finish with a stellar end in the darkness of the African night, with both sides going all out for a win in an end-to-end second half. Ghana are a very inexperienced side and for all their qualities, they were naive in failing to capitalise on Australia being down to 10-men. As for Australia, they consolidated following Kewell's dismissal and despite clinging on at times, they probably had the better chances and could easily have clinched the game. So, this group remains wide open with all four sides capable of going through - the final clashes of group D should be well worth a watch...
ALL OVER A cracking game comes to an end with both sides taking a point apiece. Final score 1-1.
OUCH Paintsil is battered, bloodied and is stretchered off as this game gives us some respite for the first time in a long time.
CRACKING EFFORT Ghana win a corner and the ball falls back to Owusu-Abeyie, who slips initially and then side-steps a challenge before whacking a fine effort that Schwarzer tips over.
AT THE OTHER END... Jonathan Mensah gets away from his marker and has a free header at the back post from a well whipped in free-kick from the left but can only direct his header just over the angle of post and bar. Thrilling stuff...
BRAVE Kingson gets down well at the feet of substitute Rukavytsya, showing bravery as he takes the ball off the studs of the Australia player. It was a 50/50 ball and another great chance...
ANOTHER CHANCE The Australians are lumping the ball into the box at every opportunity and are virtually camped in Ghana's half... they just need one clinical strike
EITHER WAY Australia have grown into this match and appear to have wrenched back the initiative through sheer bloody mindedness. Ghana have let them off the hook and are paying the price but, still, either side could win it.
OVER Emerton has the chance to hit a free-kick from distance but he can only smack it high over Kingson's goal.
TURNING TO EXPERIENCE Ghana boss Milovan Rajevic looks to steady the ship, bringing on the experienced Sulley Muntari to replace Asamoah in the middle of the park. His calmness is desperately needed out there.
GHANA RATTLED Pim Veerbeck's boldness is paying off as his substitutions start to pay dividends and Ghana are rattled. Australia are surging forward in numbers at every opportunity and the Black Stars do not look comfortable.
HOW ON EARTH? Great chances at both ends as first Gyan fires narrowly wide for Ghana and then Wilkshire is given a golden opportunity at the other end but his low shot is blocked when he looked certain to score. Anyone could win this...
HARD TO BELIEVE It has hardly been noticeable that Australia are a man down and that can be put down - in part - to Ghana's inexperience. The Black Stars just don't seem to have that killer instinct to see out this game.
POSITIVE INTENTIONS Striker Joshua Kennedy replaces Holman. Australia are going to try and win this or at least 'give it a go'
SO CLOSE... Gyan tries a new tactic and bursts past a defender before flashing a ball across the goal. Owusu-Abeyie was inches away from doubling Ghana's goal tally.
TWIST Bresciano makes way for Chipperfield as Australia look to try and nick this game
HMMMM This is getting a little silly now as Boateng and then Mensah let fly from improbable distances and fire wide. A little more guile needed in the final third.
NOT SHY... Another shot comes flying from Gyan but Schwarzer gets behind it well. The Ghanaian's are not afraid to have a dig from range but you feel that with a little more ingenuity and craft they could create some really dangerous chances.
WELL DEFENDED Australia have the chance to get the ball in the box with a free-kick on the left and Wilkshire's deep ball was decent but Carney fouled Boateng at the far post and the ref awards a free-kick. Australia need to make one of these set-pieces count.
CH-CH-CH CHANGES Prince Tegoe, so impressive against Serbia has had a quiet game and he is replaced by former Arsenal starlet Quincy Owusu-Abeyie who is very skilful and direct. A positive move for Ghana.
CORNER Australia must look to capitalise on any set-pieces they can secure but having won a corner, they fail to do anything with it - the ball defended well in the penalty area by Mensah
URGENCY One of the impressive features of this very young Ghana side is their ability to impose their will on the game but you get the feeling they could be doing it with far more urgency than they are showing
GOOD EFFORT Gyan fizzes a low effort at goal and Schwarzer has to get down smartly to save to his left. A good effort well saved.
FUSSY The referee is having an OK game but is a bit of a fusspot and has at times been guilty of not allowing this game to flow as he overturns his assistant on a throw-in call
WELL WIDE Asamoah shows Ghana are prepared to take this game by the scruff of the neck, powering forward and letting fly with a fierce effort but it is well wide
WE'RE OFF the second half gets underway
ON A KNIFE EDGE Australia's World Cup is in the balance here and for all Harry Kewell's complaints, he was rightfully sent off for a cynical handball to stop Mensah's goal-bound effort on the line. Their forays forward have been few and far between and with no Cahill and down to 10-men, what they need now is some attacking intent. Ghana on the other hand have it all in their hands. A draw would actually suit them but if their mindset is not right, this could be a difficult half. If they can play with the intent and intelligence going forward we have seen in flashes then this is their game for the taking. It should be a good second half...
HALF TIME The Italian ref calls time on an entertaining half of football with the score 1-1
MOMENTUM SHIFT Ghana have upped the work rate in the last five minutes and are starting to look dangerous again
GREAT SAVE A superb reaction save from Schwarzer who gets down well to his right to deny Boateng, who cut in from the right and delivered a low shot that was destined for the bottom corner. The ref somewhat bizarrely awards a free-kick...
GOOD WORK DOWN THE LEFT Australia are starting to fill the vacuum Ghana are leaving in terms of impetus and they twice get in good balls from the left, first from Emerton and then from Carney. They are really missing the suspended Tim Cahill in those spots.
DANGEROUS Craig Moore hauls down Asamoah in a dangerous spot but from the resulting free-kick, the youngster crashes his effort into the wall
FOOT OFF THE GAS? Ghana maintain the level headed approach that has served them well thus far but there's a case for saying they should be pressing home the advantage while they can...
CALMED DOWN Australia choose not to make a change following the loss of Kewell and the game calms down again. Ghana responded so well to the loss of that early goal and you've got to say, on the evidence so far, they are favourites to win this game - especially with the sending off...
COOL HEAD It took an age for Gyan to be allowed to take the penalty and the young striker coped superbly, slotting home with cool aplomb
GOOAAAALLLL!!!! Gyan fires Ghana level and this is game on...
RED CARD AND PENALTY!! Jonathan Mensah has his shot cleared off the line by the arm of Harry Kewell - he is sent off and a penalty is awarded. Kewell is protesting furiously but it's hard to see why...
POSSESSION Ghana are finding some good possession and while they are not quite putting it together in the final third, they look to have recovered from the sucker punch of the goal and are improving
BETTER Ghana cut in from the right and the impressive Ayew has his shot deflected wide. Mark Schwarzer claims the resulting corner.
A LESSON ON THIS BALL As the game slows to yawning pace, it is worth hoping that some of the other players in this tournament are watching... you don't have to try and hit the top corner with every free-kick - just give it some pace and get it ON TARGET!
SHELL SHOCKED Ghana look a little shell shocked and the crowd has quietened down a lot... someone needs to get a grip for them but this is the youngest squad in the competition. The next ten minutes could be crucial for them.
ANOTHER KEEPING ERROR Difficult to say if this ball thing is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy... Ok the ball bounced awkwardly before Kingson and the had pace on it but that looked like a simple claim. Credit to Holman for being alive to mistake and slotting home.
GOOAAAALLLL!!!! Wow, we have an opener but it was a howler from Richard Kingson who makes a mess of Bresciano's free-kick and is punished when Holman strokes home from close range. 1-0 to the Aussies
FREE-KICK Valeri is brought down about 26 metres out in a central position... this could be dangerous
FIRST CORNER Ghana win the first corner of the game but it is defended at the near post by Brett Emerton
HOPEFUL EFFORT There is certainly no shortage of energy or confidence in the Ghanaian midfield as Kevin-Prince Boateng robs an Australian midfielder, strides forward and then thumps a weak effort wide. Poor attempt, but we like the intent.
NEED TO SETTLE DOWN Everyone looks a bit too anxious to get a touch and it has been scrappy so far
PENALTY SHOUT Kewell bursts into the box and goes down in a tussle with Addy but the ref - rightfully - waves the claims away. Six of one half a dozen of the other, there
AND WE'RE OFF Australia get this game underway in the weak sunshine bathing half of the pitch
HANDSHAKE Lucas Neill and Richard Kingson shake hands at the coin toss... Let's hope this is a cracker
THE ANTHEMS The support for Ghana is massive with the hosts now all but out of it and the players are looking relaxed as their national ditty is piped across the stadium. Cahill-less Australia look slightly tenser but maybe that bodes well of the antipodeans - who massively need a win here...
WHAT'S AT STAKE? Defeat for the Aussies would essentially leave them facing an early flight home, but a win would set up the intriguing situation of all four teams being on three points going into the final round of games.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Ghana are expected to name the same XI, but Australia must make changes due to the suspension of Cahill and the injury to Grella. Kewell and Kennedy could lead the line in an attacking switch.
PREVIEW Germany's 1-0 defeat to Serbia yesterday has thrown Group D wide open, but Ghana have the chance to go clear at the top with a win against Australia in Rustenburg. If Africa are to get a team into the second round then the Ghanaians look their best bet, so for that reason most neutrals will be backing the Black Stars.