Despite Win Australia Does Not Advance in World Cup

By MARK WALSH
|  Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM CDT
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Despite Win Australia Does Not Advance in World Cup

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NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23: Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill (R) and Luke Wilkshire of Australia look dejected after victory in the game but elimination from the tournament during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Australia and Serbia at Mbombela Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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Tim Cahill and Brett Holman scored second half goals as Australia beat Serbia 2-1 in the teams' final World Cup Group D match on Wednesday. Neither team advanced, however, because Germany beat Ghana 1-0. Both of those teams moved into the second round.

Danko Lazovic pulled a goal back for Serbia, but Australia held on despite a late onslaught. Cahill put the Australians ahead with a glancing header off Luke Wilkshire's cross in the 69th minute. Substitute Holman got the second from long range 4 minutes later.

Australia needed to win the match to have any chance of reaching the round of 16 and put on a stirring second-half performance. Serbia, knowing it would need a win if Germany beat Ghana, faded in the second half.

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