Story of the game: Blame the Referee. 9 yellow cards. 9. Completely and totally unnecessary. Only 2 or 3 of all of those cards were warranted. I hate to see a game like that because the players get so cautious it takes away from the actual game.
1st Half Analysis
The Germans started off well and so did the Serbs. The former playing offensive while the latter playing defensive football. I’d give credit to Serbia because with 28’ gone the Germans still did not have a shot on target. The refereeing is worth a mention. I thought it to be too harsh: 6 yellow cards and 1 red card?
With Germany down to 10 men, the White Eagles took advantage of the situation and secured a goal (thanks to scrappy defending). Germany still stand a chance to get back into the game if they try hard enough.
If you haven’t watched the game I think you have missed something really important: Jovanovic’s goal celebration. C’mon now, don’t tell me you did NOT have a smile on your face.
2nd Half Analysis
The Serbians did a good job. They took advantage of Germany’s inadequacies, defended well and now they are back in the competition. I don’t blame the Germans for their loss. I think the referee got it all wrong. First of all, Klose did not deserve the red card and many of the players did not deserve a yellow card: 10 bookings in all, 9 yellow cards and 1 red card. The Germans got too cautious in the second half (thanks to all those unnecessary warnings) and maybe that’s the reason why the score line at full-time shows 1-0 to Serbia. The man of the match went to Stojkovic.
GOL!!!!!!! 38′ Jovanovic (SRB)
12′ Klose (GER)
18′ Ivanovic (SRB)
19′ Kolarov (SRB)
22′ Khedira (GER)
32′ Lahm (GER)
37′ Klose (GER)
57′ Subotic (SRB)
59′ Vidic (SRB)
73′ Schweinsteiger (GER)
37′ Klose (GER) 2Y=1R
70′ Kacar (in) Ninkovic (out) [SRB]
70′ Marin (in) Muller (out) [GER]
70′ Cacau (in) Ozil (out)[GER]
75′ Petrovic (in) Kuzmanovic (out) [SRB]
77′ Gomez (in) Badstuber (out) [GER]
79′ Lazovic (in) Jovanovic (out) [SRB]
Germany: Neuer, Friedrich, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Podolski, Klose, Muller, Badstuber, Lahm (C), Mertesacker.
Subs: Jansen, Aogo, Tasci, Kiebling, Wiese, Trochowski, Kroos, Cacau, Boateng, Butt, Gomez.
Serbia: Stojkovic, Kolarov, Vidic, Ivanovic, Stankovic (C), Jovanovic , Zigic, Krasic, Ninkovic, Subotic, , Kuzmanovic
Subs: Rukavina, Kacar, Tosic, Lazovic, Isailovic, Obradovic, Petrovic, Mrdja, Pantelic, Milijas, Lukovic, Duricic.
Ref: Alberto Undiano (ESP)
Stadium: Nelson Mendela Bay, Port Elizabeth