Australia beats Equatorial Guinea 3-2
Australia maintained its chances of reaching the quarterfinals
of the Women’s World Cup by beating Equatorial Guinea 3-2 Sunday in
a game which will stand out for an amazing penalty incident.
Australia’s Leena Khamis scored the opener and then hit the post
in the 16th minute. As the ball bounced back, Equatorial Guinea
defender Bruna grabbed it with both hands, held it and then
casually dropped it again. Australians threw out their arms in
amazement when Hungarian referee Gyoengyi Gaal failed to call a
The Africans came back soon afterward when Anonman scored in the
21st minute, before Australia made the difference with two goals
early in the second half through Emily Van Egmond and Lisa De
The African rookies kept it tight till the end when Anonman, as
on her first goal, robbed Servet Uzunlar and used her fine ball
control to pull Equatorial Guinea within one goal 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 while Australia can again dream of a quarterfinal place
after an opening loss to Brazil. Norway plays Brazil for the lead
in Group D later Sunday.
In a bruising encounter, Australia had a dream start when Khamis
pounced on a rebound goalkeeper Miriam should have held and scored
in the 8th.
Early in the second half with the score tied, Khamis set up Van
Egmond to score from 10 meters out with a blistering volley in the
48th. As the inexperienced African team sought to regroup, De Vanna
put the game beyond doubt, running onto a deep pass from Collette
McCallum and slipping it past the out-of-position Miriam.
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 got it it a first World Cup point as well.
Australia now plays Norway in a decisive game next
Australia: Lydia Williams, Kim Carroll, Heather Garriock, Elise
Kellond-Knight, Servet Uzunlar, Emily Van Egmond, Collette McCallum
(Clare Polkinghorne, 78), Sally Shipard (Lisa De Vanna 46), Lauren
Colthorpe, Leena Khamis, Samantha Kerr (Teigen Allen, 69)
Equatorial Guinea: Miriam, Bruna (Laetitia, 83), Dulcia,
Carolina, Ana Cristina, Vania, Diala, Dorine, Anonman, Jumaria
(Sinforosa, 66), Chinasa (Adriana, 57)