Germany entered with all sorts of momentum after blanking Australia 4-0 in their World Cup opener, but it was Serbia who walked away form the pitch with three points on Friday. Serbia defeated Germany 1-0 on their own merit but a plethora of yellow cards and playing a man down from the 36 minute mark on did Germany no favors.
Milan Jovanovic of Serbia scored the lone goal of the game and it came just moments after Germany striker Miroslav Klose was tossed from the match with his second card of the game. Klose will be suspended from Germany’s match against Ghana and will have a more difficult time reaching the all-time World Cup scoring mark. Klose entered this match trailing Ronaldo’s record by four.
The match was called tightly by the referees from Spain as a tournament high nine yellow cards were issued between the two teams. Once Klose was ejected from the game Germany quickly fell behind, but they gave a valiant effort in attempting to come back against Serbia.
Germany took 16 shots but only two went on goal. Lukas Podolski took a number of shots for Germany that he would like to have back. Podolski took three shots in a short span in the second half that were nearly goals but they each sailed wide of the goal. Germany’s best scoring chance came near the end of the first half when Sami Khedira hit the crossbar. The ball ricocheted to a mad scramble and Thomas Mueller tried to use a bicycle kick to get the ball in the net but the ball was cleared out by Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov.
Man of the Match
Vladimir Stojkovic, goalkeeper
Keeping Germany off the scoreboard was no easy task for Serbia. The Germans, despite being a man down for more than half of the match, put on some pressure in the second half as they tried to tie the match.
Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic stepped up and made some nice saves to preserve the Serbian 1-0 lead, but no stop was as important as his match-saving stop on Germany’s Lukas Podolski. Podolski took a penalty shot that could have saved the day for Germany, but Stojkovic came up with a save in the 60th minute.
What does it mean?
Germany will have to wait and see what Ghana does in their next match, but despite the upset loss to Serbia it appears that Germany is still in decent position to advance to the knockout round. The loss creates a three way tie in the point total in Group D between Germany, Serbia and Ghana, but Germany has the goal differential in their favor should they need it. A win against Ghana would more than likely secure a spot in the next round.
Germany takes on Ghana next Wednesday, June 23. The match is slated to start at 2:30 PM EST. The match will play a major role in determining the Group D standings and seedings for the next round.
With so much riding on the outcome of the match we would be foolish not to cover it live. As we did this morning we will bring you live commentary and a live examination of the match as it is played in South Africa, and hopefully you will join the party.
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