BRISBANE May 23 Midfielder Mile Sterjovski
scored 45 seconds into the second half to give Australia a
surprise 1-0 win over Ghana in a friendly in Sydney on Friday.
Sterjovski seized on a mistake by Ghana captain John Mensah,
who lost possession just outside the penalty box, to slam the
ball home from 20 metres and stun the visitors.
Until that point Ghana had been in control with the
impressive Laryea Kingston at the hub of their superior passing
game and Junior Agogo always dangerous up front.
Lack of match fitness and tight marking kept Australia
captain Harry Kewell quiet, while brilliant goalkeeping from
Mark Schwarzer kept the Socceroos in the match.
"I thought it was a bit of a sloppy game," Sterjovski said.
"But it was good to win."
Both teams, missing a number of key players, were warming up
for World Cup qualifiers on June 1 when Australia host Iraq and
Ghana are at home to Libya.
(Reporting by Andrew Stevens, editing by Rex Gowar)