Serbia shock Germany with a 1-0 win

Serbia upset the football pundits with a 1-0 win over Germany in their second round Group D match of the 2010 World Cup on Friday at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

A 38 minute goal to Milan Jovanovic gave Serbia the lead just one minute after German striker Miloslav Klose was sent off after his tackle from behind on Dejan Stankovic and the goal was enough to seal victory for Serbia.

Germany were awarded a penalty on 60 minutes when Nemanja Vidic handled the ball in the area but Lukas Podolski’s penalty shot was saved superbly by Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Both sides are now on three points along with Ghana while Australia sits on the bottom with no points as yet.

First Half
Germany started with the same eleven that handed Australia a 4-0 thumping but they were not afforded the same luxury of room from Serbia as they found with Australia.

Lukas Podolski had an early shot go just wide for Germany before Serbia had a half chance of their own when Milos Ninkovic’s effort went over the bar.

Serbia shut down Germany’s prime movers and the German midfield were less effective than they were against Australia and finding the going tough.

The referee was also having a hand in proceedings with some very strict decisions and none more so than his second yellow card on Klose just after the half  hour resulted in the German striker leaving the field and Germany reduced to 10 men.

It took less than a minute for Serbia to ram home the advantage with a Milan Jovanovic goal and at half time it was 1-0 to the Serbs.

Six yellow cards before half-time shows how the referee affected the game and some of his decisions were ludicrous .

First half rating (Out of 5): Germany 3.5 – Serbia 3.0

Second Half
The second half stagnated as Serbia was able to withstand any German challenge and the best chance for Germany came in the 60th minute with a penalty chance.

Vladimir Stojkovic dived to his left to save Podalksi’s shot and Germany had missed a chance to level the scores.

Serbia almost went two up at the 67 minute mark when Jovanovic hit the post and the Serbs had another chance soon after that missed the target.

Germany could offer no more and it was a 1-0 win to Serbia.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): Germany 3.0 – Serbia 3.5

Final Score

Germany 0 – 1 Serbia

38m Milan Jovanovic (Ser)

12m M. Klose (Ger)
18m B. Ivanovic (Ser)
19m A. Kolarov (Ser)
22m S. Khedira (Ger)
33m P. Lahm  (Ger)
37m M. Klose  (Ger)
57m N. Subotic (Ser)
60m N. Vidic (Ser)
73m B. Schweinsteiger (Ger)

Germany Starting 11
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich, Per Mertesacker, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose

70m Cacau for Thomas Müller
70m Marko Marin for Mesut Ozil
77m Mario Gomez for Holger Badstuber

Serbia Starting 11
Vladimir Stojkovic, Branislav Ivanovic, Neven Subotic, Nemanja Vidic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Milos Krasic, Milos Ninkovic, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Dejan Stankovic, Milan Jovanovic, Nikola Zigic

70m Gojko Kacar for Milos Ninkovic
75m Radosav Petrovic for Zdravko Kuzmanovic
79m Danko Lazovic for Milan Jovanovic

Team Game Rating (out of 10): Germany 6.5 – Serbia 6.5

Match Thoughts

Germany began well and created a few chances before Serbia started to restrict them they began to stem the German forays forward.

The Germans could feel well aggrieved by the referee’s decision to give Klose a second yellow card for what was just a clumsy tackle, not worth what the striker received and a result that changed the course of the game.

Germany must regroup for the Ghana clash as they are no certainties to go through at the moment as everyone believed they were before the game started.

Serbia absorbed Germany’s best in the first 30 minutes then they took advantage of the one player advantage over their opponents to grab the lead and defend it very well until games end.

The Serbs will be licking their lips at the chance to take on Australia and with it a chance to almost cement a path into the next round if they snare a win.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup