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Germany blanks Ghana in World Cup

June 24, 2010

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Germany 1, Ghana 0

Johannesburg — Mesut Oezil scored on a left-footed blast from outside the area Wednesday to give Germany a victory over Ghana and first place in Group D at the World Cup.

Despite the defeat, Ghana also advanced to the round of 16 — taking second place in the group with four points. Australia also finished with four points but Ghana was ahead on goal difference.

Ghana is the first of the six African teams in the tournament to make it to the knockout phase and it could be the last. Only Ivory Coast still has a chance to join them.

Ghana will face the United States at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Germany will face England at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

England 1, Algeria 0

Port Elizabeth, South Africa — A revived England made the round of the 16 at the World Cup, beating Slovenia on Jermain Dafoe’s goal in the 23rd minute.

The victory gave England second place in Group C, behind the United States, which beat Algeria 1-0. Slovenia entered the day the surprise leader in the group but finished with four points to five for the U.S. and England.

Australia 2, Serbia 1

Nelspruit, South Africa — Tim Cahill and Brett Holman scored second half goals as Australia beat Serbia in the teams’ final World Cup Group D match on Wednesday.

Neither team advanced, however, because Germany beat Ghana 1-0. Both of those teams moved into the second round.

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