Saturday, June 19, 2010

Serbia shocks Germany and the Football world

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11:30 AM GMT, June 18, 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Jovanovic blasted home a 38th-minute winner from close range two minutes after Germany striker Miroslav Klose had been sent off, and Wigan keeper Stojkovic saved a second-half Lukas Podolski penalty to blow Group D wide open.

Scoring Summary

Lukas Podolski (pen miss 60')Milan Jovanovic (38')

Man of the Match: Milos Krasic


  • Man of the Match: Milos Krasic - A good attacking outlet for Serbia, Krasic's guile and skill down the right gave German defender Holder Badstuber a torrid afternoon. His cross to Zigic provided the goal and he was a constant threat, even when Serbia sat back and defended.

  • Germany verdict: Until the sending off they were excellent, but Klose's dismissal changed everything. Niggly fouls and tiredness played their part, but they continued to attack throughout, although the sense of injustice following the red card stopped them from focusing on getting back in the game.

  • Serbia verdict: Extremely lucky in both the sending off and the penalty save, Serbia knuckled down once they had a man advantage and offered very little by way of attacking intent. The result was all that mattered for them, but it was disappointing to see them fail to take control once Klose was off.

  • Could do better: Lukas Podolski - An incisive runner, Podolski was a threat down the left but all too often missed his chances to get Germany back in the game. The focal point of the attack after the sending off, his penalty was poor and his attitude was not impressive either.

  • Stat attack: Germany's last non-shootout penalty miss in the World Cup was by Uli Hoeness in 1974 versus Poland.

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