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Croatia 2-2 Australia
Thursday, 22 June 2006




Croatia fans in Stuttgart

Croatia fans gather in Stuttgart - they need to beat Australia to progress, while a draw is enough for the Socceroos

Darijo Srna breaks the deadlock

It is the Europeans who make the perfect start when Darijo Srna's free-kick beats Zeljko Kalac after only two minutes

Darijo Srna celebrates his goal

The strike goes some way to making up for his penalty miss against Japan in Croatia's previous Group F outing

Mark Viduka appeals for a penalty

Minutes later Mark Viduka is bundled over in the penalty area by Josip Simunic but referee Graham Poll waves play on

Craig Moore sends the goalkeeper the wrong way with his penalty

Australia get their equaliser in the 38th minute when Stjepan Tomas's handball allows Craig Moore to equalise from the spot

Kalac looks on as Kovac's shot bobbles into the goal

Croatia go back in front in the 56th minute when Nico Kovac's drive is fumbled by Kalac to the horror of the Socceroos' fans

Harry Kewell scores the fourth goal of the match

With 11 minutes remaining, Harry Kewell evades the offside trap to meet John Aloisi's flick and bring the sides level again

Poll makes a sensational error in forgetting to dismiss Simunic after his second caution

Further drama ensues in the closing stages as Poll sends off three players, including Simunic for a third-bookable offence

Australia's players celebrate their historic achievement

Australia hold on to book a meeting with Italy in Kaiserslautern on Monday, as manager Guus Hiddink works his magic again

An Australia fan celebrates qualification for the last 16

The historic result guarantees lengthy celebrations for Socceroos supporters both in Stuttgart and around the world



GROUP F: HOW THEY FINISHED

  PGDPTS
  Brazil 3 6 9
  Australia 3 0 4
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  Croatia 3 -1 2
  Japan 3 -5 1


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