Bitter-sweet victory for Ghana's coach

Australia, already struggling, were down to 10 men after Tim Cahill was sent off in the 56th minute for a foul.

Germany's victory anointed possibly the tournament's most beautiful stadium, clad in white concrete sails and topped by a Y-shaped arch alongside the Indian Ocean.

Earlier Ghana, the first African nation to throw off colonial rule in 1957, brought joy to their continent by beating a 10-man Serbia with a late penalty despite missing inspirational midfielder Michael Essien through injury.

It was a bitter-sweet victory for Ghana's Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac but just what Africa needed after the South African hosts were just robbed of victory by Mexico in Friday's opening match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Image: Ghana's Asamoah Gyan celebrates after conveting a penalty against Serbia