Serbia stages second shocker
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
Serbia's Milan Jovanovic celebrates after scoring against Germany on Friday. (REUTERS/Howard Burditt)
CAPE TOWN -- Another day, another upset.
For the second time in the span of 48 hours, a team ranked in the top six in the world found itself taken down by an underdog, adding some spice to a World Cup tournament that had lacked excitement to that point.
First it was the Swiss, who knocked off the No. 2-ranked Spain in Durban Wednesday, an outcome that understandably shocked the soccer world.
Two days later it was Serbia’s turn to produce a stunner, defeating No. 6 Germany 1-0 in sunny Port Elizabeth Friday in what truly was an historic win for that country.
The Germans spent much of the afternoon complaining about Spanish referee Alberto Undiano, who liberally handed out nine yellow cards to both teams. But Undiano’s most controversial call came in the 37th minute when he sent off striker Miroslav Klose, leaving the Germans to finish the match with just 10 men on the field.
One minute later, Serbia’s Milan Jovanovic made them pay, booting a bouncing ball into the German net to give the Serbs the only goal they would need.
While the Germans might have a realistic case to bitch about Undiano’s officiating, they have only themselves to blame for not getting at least one point in the game.
Early in the second half, Serbia was called for a hand ball in the box, putting German striker Lukas Podolski on the penalty spot. But for only the second time in 12 World Cup attempts, the Germans did not score.
It was the first time the Germans had lost a first-round game in 24 years.