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Sunday, 13th June 2010
Noisy Night in Pretoria

Group D Match

Serbia vs Ghana
in Pretoria

This is the first time that Serbia play Ghana; Europe's dark horses vs probably Africa's strongest 2010 World Cup contenders - with Serbs managing both teams.

Ghana started the game strongly and Serbia were physically there to match them.

A nice start to Group D but the first-half lacked a goal.

Half-time: 0:0

The half-time team talk didn't really inspire Serbia as Ghana continued where they left off; taking the game to the Europeans.

The much-criticised 2010 World Cup ball came closest to going in the net on the hour; when Asamoah Gyan rose above Aleksandar Lukovic to head John Paintsil's long throw-in, against the post.

A second yellow card for Aleksandar Lukovic reduced Serbia to ten men with 15 minutes to go.

The loss of a central defender forced Radomir Antic to replace midfielder, Milan Jovanovic with Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic.

Rather than just sit back, Serbia tried to snatch a quick goal; Milos Krasic forcing a corner and Nemanja Vidic heading over the bar.

After Branislav Ivanovic tried another attack on the Ghana goal, the Serbian defence at the other end lost their heads; or rather, Zdravko Kuzmanovic used his hand instead of his head to clear the ball - then protested to the referee.

After a tense wait, Asamoah Gyan cracked the penalty into the roof of the net.

In time added on Gyan almost doubled the score when he hit the post but Ghana did more than enough to secure the first Africa win in the first African World Cup Finals; to guarantee a noisy night in Pretoria.

Final Score:
Serbia 0 Ghana 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Asamoah Gyan (84 pen)

Man of The Match:
Asamoah Gyan - for leading the Ghana attack so successfully all afternoon.

Teams

Travel to Serbia Serbia:
1 Vladimir Stojkovic; 3 Aleksandar Kolarov, 13 Aleksandar Lukovic, 5 Nemanja Vidic, 6 Branislav Ivanovic; 14 Milan Jovanovic, 11 Nenad Milijas, 10 Dejan Stankovic, 17 Milos Krasic; 9 Marko Pantelic, 15 Nikola Zigic.

Travel to Ghana Ghana:
22 Richard Kingson; 2 Hans Sarpei, 15 Isaac Vorsah, 5 John Mensah, 4 John Paintsil; 13 Andre Ayew, 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng, 6 Anthony Annan, 12 Prince Tagoe; 3 Asamoah Gyan, 21 Kwadwo Asamoah.

Referee:
Hector Baldassi (Argentina)

Substitutions Substitutions:
62 Mins (Serbia) - 22 Zdravko Kuzmanovic on for 11 Nenad Milijas
69 Mins (Serbia) - 8 Danko Lazovic on for 15 Nikola Zigic
73 Mins (Ghana) - 10 Stephen Appiah on for 21 Kwadwo Asamoah
76 Mins (Serbia) - 20 Neven Subotic on for 14 Milan Jovanovic
91 Mins (Ghana) - 19 Lee Addy on for 23 Kevin-Prince Boateng
93 Mins (Ghana) - 20 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on for Asamoah Gyan

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
19 Mins - Nikola Zigic (Serbia)
26 Mins - Isaac Vorsah (Ghana)
54 Mins - Aleksandar Lukovic (Serbia)
74 Mins - Aleksandar Lukovic (Serbia)
83 Mins - Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Serbia)
89 Mins - Prince Tagoe (Ghana)

Red Cards 1 Red Cards:
74 Mins - Aleksandar Lukovic (Serbia)

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group A
France
Mexico
South Africa
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Group B
Argentina
Greece
Nigeria
South Korea

Group C
Algeria
England
Slovenia
USA

Group D
Australia
Germany
Ghana
Serbia

Group E
Cameroon
Denmark
Holland
Japan

Group F
Italy
New Zealand
Paraguay
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
Côte d'Ivoire
North Korea
Portugal

Group H
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Honduras
Spain
Switzerland

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