WORLD CUP: Late penalty earns Ghana win over Serbia

Ghana became the first African nation to take all three points at the 2010 World Cup with a deserved 1-0 victory over ten-man Serbia.

Serbia: 0
Ghana: 1

Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Crowd: 38,833

Officials Referee: Hector Baldassi (Argentina)
Assistants: Ricardo Casas (Argentina) and Hernan Maidana (Argentina)
Fourth official: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)

Yellow cards: SERB - Kuzmanovic, Zigic GHA - Vorsah, Tagoe

Red cards: Lukovic (Serbia)

A penalty nine minutes from time was enough to give Ghana a 1-0 win over a disappointing Serbia outfit.

A lively game, with both teams committed to attack always looked likely to go the way of Ghana who had more of a cutting edge than the Serbians.

Serbia had their chances from some innovative set plays from free kicks, but it was the Black Stars who had the urgency about them to claim all the points.

Ironically, the goal came when Serbia were reduced to ten men and looking the more threatening.

With 11 minutes remaining Milos Krasic found himself in front of goal 12 yards out, but his shot was too close to Richard Kingson and the keeper pushes it over the bar and with it Serbia’s best chance of the game.

Yet in the end it wasn’t Aleksandar Lukovic dismissal for two yellow cards that sent Serbia to defeat but an inexplicable hand ball by substitute Zdravko Kuzmanovic who raised his hand to push the ball away.

From the penalty spot Asamoah Gyan had no problems in sending Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way and the Ghana supporters into raptures.

Kuzmanovic then had a chance to atone for his error but blazed over when well placed, then Gyan could have clinched the win in injury time but his cross shot hit the inside of the post and bounced to safety.

Starting Line-Ups

SERB

1. Vladimir Stojkovic
6. Branislav Ivanovic
13. Aleksandar Lukovic
5. Nemanja Vidic
3. Aleksandar Kolarov
17. Milos Krasic
11. Nenad Milijas (Kuzmanovic, 62)
10. Dejan Stankovic
14. Milan Jovanovic (Subotic, 76)
9. Marko Pantelic
15. Nikola Zigic (Lazovic, 69)

SUBS

12. Bojan Isailovic (GK)
2. Antonio Rukavina
4. Gojko Kacar
7. Zoran Tosic
8. Danko Lazovic
16. Ivan Obradovic
18. Milos Ninkovic
19. Radosav Petrovic
20. Neven Subotic
21. Dragan Mrdja
22. Zdravko Kuzmanovic
23. Andjelko Djuricic (GK)

GHA

22. Richard Kingson
4. John Pantsil
15. Issac Vorsah
5. John Mensah
2. Hans Sarpei
12. Prince Tagoe
6. Anthony Annan
23. Kevin-Prince Boateng (Addy, 90+1)
13. Andre Ayew
21. Kwadwo Asamoah (Appiah, 73)
3. Asamoah Gyan (Owusu-Abeyie, 90+3)

SUBS

1. Daniel Adjei (GK)
7. Samuel Inkoom
8. Jonathan Mensah
9. Derek Boateng
10. Stephen Appiah
11. Sulley Muntari
14. Matthew Amoah
17. Rahim Ayew
18. Dominic Adiyah
19. Lee Addy
20. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
16. Stephen Ahorlu (GK)

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