Australia 3, Equatorial Guinea 2
Australia kept alive its chances to reach the quarterfinals of
the Women’s World Cup by beating Equatorial Guinea 3-2 on Sunday in
a game that will be remembered for a penalty that wasn’t
Australia’s Leena Khamis, who scored the first goal, hit the
post in the 16th minute. As the ball bounced back, Equatorial
Guinea defender Bruna grabbed it with both hands, held it, then
casually dropped it again. Australians threw out their arms in
amazement when Hungarian referee Gyoengyi Gaal failed to call a
Anonman scored in the 21st minute for Equatorial Guinea, before
Australia took the lead for good with two goals early in the second
half by Emily Van Egmond and Lisa De Vanna.
Anonman, as on her first goal, stole the ball from Servet
Uzunlar to score, pulling Equatorial Guinea within one in the 83rd
Australia held on, and the penalty incident had no impact on the
It left Equatorial Guinea with two losses and on the brink of
elimination. Australia is in better shape for a quarterfinal spot
after an opening loss to Brazil. Norway plays Brazil for the lead
in Group D later Sunday.
Australia got off to a fast start when Khamis pounced on a
rebound goalie Miriam should have held and scored in the eighth
Early in the second half with the score tied, Khamis set up Van
Egmond to score from about 10 yards out with a blistering volley in
the 48th. As the inexperienced African team sought to regroup, De
Vanna gave her team a cushion, running onto a deep pass from
Collette McCallum and slipping it past the out-of-position
Equatorial Guinea, ranked 61st and the biggest outsider in the
tournament, found it tough to switch from its defensive posture and
attack to get back into the game. Anonman was the leading force
and, after getting her nation its first two World Cup goals, she
almost earned it a first World Cup point as well.
Australia now plays Norway in a decisive game Wednesday.