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Australia Beats Germany in Soccer Exhibition; Ghana Ties England

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March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Australia scored twice in the second half to beat Germany 2-1 in a soccer exhibition match, while an injury-time goal gave Ghana a 1-1 tie with England.

David Carney and Luke Wilkshire got goals three minutes apart in Moenchengladbach to give Australia its first win over Germany after three straight defeats, including a 4-0 loss at last year’s World Cup.

Mario Gomez put the home team in front in the 26th minute last night before Carney scored in the 61st minute. Wilkshire then won the game with a 64th-minute penalty kick after Harry Kewell was fouled by Christian Trasch.

Asamoah Gyan’s goal earned Ghana the draw at Wembley Stadium in London after Andy Carroll scored his first international goal for England just before halftime.

Sunderland striker Gyan slalomed his way through the England defense before curling a shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Giuseppe Rossi and Alessandro Matri scored in Italy’s 2-0 win in Ukraine and Michael Krohn-Delhi’s goal in the 72nd minute gave Denmark a 2-1 win in Slovakia. Portugal beat Finland 2-0, with Ruben Micael scoring both goals.

First-half goals by Diego Lugano, Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernandez led Uruguay to a 3-2 win over Ireland in Dublin. Shane Long and Keith Fahey scored for the Irish.

France and Croatia finished scoreless in Paris, denying the French a seventh straight victory. Greece and Poland also drew 0-0, while Bulgaria was a 1-0 winner in Cyprus.

Russia was held to a 1-1 draw by Qatar in a matchup of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts in Doha. Qatar, which is 77 places below Russia in FIFA’s world rankings, took a fourth-minute lead through Mohamed Kasoula before Roman Pavlyuchenko tied it in the 34th minute.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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