Jun 13, 2010
The first Group D match in the 2010 World Cup takes place on Monday 14th June at 12:00am (Midnight Sunday Melbourne time) between Serbia and Ghana at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
Serbia have yet to play Ghana in International competition and this will be the first time they meet each other at the World Cup.
Serbia had Milan Jovanovic kick 5 goals and both Nikola Zigic and Branislav Ivanovic 3 each during qualifying and Serbia scored 2.20 goals per game.
For Ghana, Matthew Amoah 5, Manuel Agogo 4 and Prince Tagoe 3 goals were major scorers and the Africans scored at 1.67 per game.
Serbia vs Ghana
When: Monday13th June
Time: 12:00am AEST Midnight Sunday Melbourne time
Where: Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria.
TV: Televised live on SBS
Last time they met
Latest Serbia and Ghana Form
05.06.10 WON Serbia 4-3 Cameroon Friendly
02.06.10 Draw Poland 0-0 Serbia Friendly
29.05.10 Loss New Zealand 1-0 Serbia Friendly
07.04.10 WON Japan 0-3 Serbia Friendly
03.03.10 WON Algeria 0-3 Serbia Friendly
Serbia won their most recent friendly 4-3 over Cameroon and they have had a mixed bag in latest friendly games.
The Serbians defeated three World Cup teams in Cameroon, Japan and Algeria scoring 3+ goals and squeezed in between were 1-0 losses to New Zealand and a scoreless draw with Poland.
05.06.10 WON Ghana 1-0 Latvia Friendly
01.06.10 Loss Netherlands 4-1 Ghana Friendly
28.03.10 WON Ghana 1-0 Burkina Faso African Nations
13.03.10 Draw Burkina Faso 0-0 Ghana African Nations
03.03.10 Loss Bosnia-Herz. 2-1 Ghana Friendly
Ghana is in good form against inferior nations but their only game against a World Cup quality team resulted in a thumping by the Netherlands by three goals.
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Serbia finished top of their qualifying group which included teams of the calibre of France, Austria, Romania and Lithuania and they hammered Romania by 5 goals in their final match.
Milos Krasic, Dejan Stankovic, Nenad Milijas and Marko Pantelic all scored in the recent friendly against Cameroon.
Ghana started poorly in qualifying but they finally got through on goal difference before finishing on top of their group to ensure a trip to South Africa.
The loss of the inspirational Michael Essien won’t help the Ghanian’s chances at the World Cup.
Samoah Gyan and Owusu-Abeyie Quincy both scored in recent games.
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Both sides are capable fluctuating fortunes depending on the state of the game, especially Serbia. Having said that, Serbia look in good shape for their first group match and they appear to have much better form credentials leading into this tournament and appear the likely winners.
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