Ten-man Socceroos hold on

  • Last Updated: June 19 2010, 22:18 BST

Ten-man Australia picked up their first point of the 2010 World Cup in a 1-1 draw with Ghana after Harry Kewell was sent off for handball.

  • Ghana celebrate Asamoah Gyan's penalty.
  • But Australia's players were furious about Kewell's red card. 

The Socceroos started brightly in Rustenberg and deservedly took the lead when Mark Bresciano's powerful free-kick was fumbled by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson and Brett Holman was on hand to fire home the rebound.

But the game turned in the 24th minute when Andre Ayew jinked into the penalty box and cut the ball back for Jonathan Mensah. His shot was blocked on the line by Kewell with his arm, and ref Roberto Rosetti had no hesitation pointing to the spot and - despite Australian protests - giving Kewell his marching orders.

Asamoah Gyan converted his second spot-kick of the tournament to draw level, but Ghana could not find a winner in the second half against the 10 men after Mark Schwarzer's fine save denied Kevin-Prince Boateng on the stroke of half-time.

But Ghana do lead Group D on four points heading into the final round of fixtures, with Australia bottom of the table on one point but still in with a chance of qualification if they beat Serbia.