June 22, 2006

Croatia 2, Australia 2: In perhaps the most exciting first round game so far, the Socceroos rallied twice, scoring the tying goal with less than twelve minutes to play, then hung on in the teeth of a desperate Croatian attack, to clinch a berth in the next round. Croatia is eliminated in the first round for the second straight World Cup, while Australia, which had never scored a goal in its previous history in the tournament, gets set to take on Italy. The game-tying goal was scored by Harry Kewell, who had only narrowly averted a suspension prior to the game for blasting the officials in the aftermath of their loss last Sunday to Brazil.

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