The first match of the day in the second round was between Germany vs. Serbia, but fans left the stadium upset and disappointed. Keep reading to learn the rest of this story plus check out the photos and video below.
After crushing the Australians 4-0, the Germans were the team most likely to win this match against a Serbia that came from losing 1-0 against Ghana, but the Serbians will not make their first appearance at the World Cup only to go home empty handed. They would search for victory even though they were not the favorite to win.
These are the players who took the field at the Nelson Mandela Bat Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa:
|1 Manuel Neumer||1 Vladimir Stojkovic|
|16 Philipp Lahm||5 Nemanja Vidic|
|3 Ame Friedrich||20 Neven Subotic|
|17 Per Mertsesacker||3 Alksandar Kolarov|
|14 Holger Badstuber||10 Dejan Stankovic|
|6 Sami Khedira||19 Milos Jovanocic|
|7 Bastian Schweinsteiger||18 Milos Ninkovic|
|8 Masut Ozil||22 Adravko Kuzmanovic|
|10 Lokas Podolski||15 Nikola Zigic|
|11 Miroslav Klose||17 Milos Krasic|
|13 Thomas Mueller||I6 Branislav vanovic|
|Coach: Joachim Low||Coach: Radimir Antic|
Germany took the field and looked confident enough to win over Serbia, but faith had other plans, plus the Serbian had Vladimir Stojkovic who denied Germany the dream of a draw after 90 minutes…but we will get to that later.
The first part of the game was very exciting, with a yellow card to Miroslav Klose on the 37 minute mark. It was his second, which means he is sent off and will miss the next game against Ghana. Serbia’s first goal came via Milos Krasic on the 38 minute mark.
Germany had the opportunity to tie the match when a penalty shot was taken on the 59 minute mark by the hands of Lucas Podolki, but it was blocked by Vladimir Stojkovic.
In the Second half Germany replaced Mueller and Oezil by Marin and Cacau. I am surprise Oezil has been benched–he was doing great. On the 77 minute mark Germany made their third replacement with Badstuber by Gomez. The final match ended 1-0 after 3 minutes in the Injury time. Their next rival will come on June 23rd against Ghana, and Serbia will face Australia.
Take a look at the photos and video below.
World Cup Pictures
Germany vs. Serbia Video.
Photos: www.WENN.com/ News Pictures, Matthew Hines, Zawadil.