Group D Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Friday June 18 13.30 SA Time
Serbia’s hero and FIFA man of the match today was goalkeeperVladimir Stojkovic who kept his team in the game by saving a second-half penalty, throwing Group D wide open.
In an ill-tempered game with nine yellow cards and one sending-off (Klose received two yellows) both teams built up attacks, Stojkovic being kept busier than Neyer. The turning point of the match was Klose’s sending off on 37’, Jovanovic scored on 38’. Krasic ran down the right and passed to Zigic who headed down to Jovanovic, running in. Germany continued to believe in themselves and Khedira hit the bar on 45 + 1’.
After the break, Stojkovic denied Bastian Schweinsteier after 54’ and the high point of the half was on the hour, when the Serbian goalkeeper saved Lucas Podolski’s penalty.
Germany: Neuer, Friedrich, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil (Cacau), Podolski, Klose, Muller (Marin), Badstuber (Gomez), Lahm, Mertesacker
Serbia: Stojkovic, Kolarov, Vidic, Ivanovic, Stankovic, Jovanovic (Lazovic), Zigic, Krasic, Ninkovic (Kacar), Subotic, Kuzmanovic (Petrovic)