Africa celebrates Ghanian victory

by Michael Somerville

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Ghana 1
Serbia 0

A momentous victory for Ghana set the ball rolling for the African nations at the Fifa World Cup.

The Loftus Versfeld Stadium was a booming cauldron of noise as Ghana topped the group, beating the strong Serbs 1-0.

The first half was full of fast paced football, but didn’t produce any clear cut opportunities. Hard working Asamoah Gyan vivaciously jumped for a John Pantsil throw- in, only to be denied by the outside of the left-hand post.

The last 15 minutes were made a lot easier for the Africans, as Serb defender Alexsander Lukovich became the third man to be sent off at the finals after a nothing challenge on eventually match winner Gyan. Ironically, Serbia made two good chances for themselves after the sending off as Krasis and Chelsea’s Ivanovich missed good chances late on. Despite missing the commanding and energetic presence of Michael Essien, the Ghanians were dominant in midfield throughout the game.

Serbia’s best opportunity came from a set-piece when Aleksandar Kolarov’s superbly struck 30-yard free-kick curled past the left-hand post with Richard Kingson beaten.

A late penalty was gifted by Serbian defender Kuzmanovich after he inexplicably handled the ball in the box with no real danger present. Gyan gleefully converted the penalty to spark wild celebrations in Pretoria.

The Serb defender was left absolutely distraught as his mistake left them with a tall order to progress to the last 16.

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  • dexylongshot

    I had two Serbs in my Dreamteam, The goalie and set piece taker Kolarov. Bang goes 6 points. All credit to Ghana though, in a tight game, there gung ho athletic direct style was wonderful to watch. I may have under-estimated them. I still think that this group will be tight, Germany played well but Austarlia were dire, I can’t wait to watch this group unfurl.

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