Monday, November 29, 1999

Cahill receives one-match ban for red card

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Australia's Tim Cahill on Thursday received the minimum one-match ban for a straight red card against Germany, leaving him available for the final World Cup Group D match against Serbia.However, the Socceroos' top goal scorer will miss Saturday's match against Ghana which they must at least draw to leave a realistic chance of remaining in the tournament.Australia were beaten 4-0 by Germany, with Cahill sent off for a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger early in the second half.The one-match suspension was the minimum punishment that FIFA could have imposed on the player.Germany and Ghana have three points each after first match wins, while Australia and Serbia have none, meaning the Socceroos need at least a draw to keep their hopes alive of advancing to the knock-out stages, particularly if Germany beat Serbia as expected.Cahill's absence could see Harry Kewell, returning from a long-standing groin injury, in the starting line-up to help press for goals.(Editing by Jon Bramley)
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