The so called favourites to top the group Germany were defeated by a determined Serbia side which played excellent football and didn’t allow many key German players into the game.
Serbia took full advantage of Miroslav Klose’s send off, scoring instantly after his departure. A 38th minute Milan Jovanovic goal was good enough for the White Eagles to claim a famous victory. It was a match full of drama, Lukas Podolski had the chance to put Germany level but his spot kick was saved by Vladimir Stojkovic in the 60th minute.
Serbia changed their formation from the opening game and implied a 4-2-3-1. There were also three changes to the line-up, Zdravko Kuzmanovic would start instead of the relatively slow Nenad Milijas, Milos Ninkovic and Neven Subotic were also in the starting eleven.
Serbia played with a lone striker; the target man Nikola Zigic did an excellent job throughout the match. His off the ball positioning was key and he always created space for his teammates. His height was crucial, Zigic headed down for Milan Jovanovic who converted the given chance. Zigic was also the most fouled player in the match and nearly found the net but his headed bounced off the crossbar.
Milan Jovanovic and Milos Krasic were exceptional on the wings. Badstuber and Philip Lahm struggled to contain the two throughout the match. Their pace was crucial and great crosses by Milos Krasic created many chances for the Serbian side.
Youngster Neven Subotic did an excellent job, the Borussia Dortmund full back knew the German side inside out and it wasn’t a problem for him. Branislav Ivanovic failed to contain the fast Lukas Podolski on the right side of Serbia’s defence while Nemanja Vidic and Aleksandar Kolarov played with added determination. Vidic apart from that obvious mistake (the handball that awarded Germany a lifeline-Penalty) played excellent. He contained Germany’s key player Mesut Ozil and didn’t allow the youngster to get into the game.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was marked to perfection by Serbia Captain Dejan Stankvovic. Schweinsteiger is a key part of the German side, his tackling breaks up plays and his balls to the wingers open up the opponents but he failed to do any of that and instead constantly winged to the Spanish referee and received a deserved yellow card.
Many critics weak link – Vladimir Stojkovic showed everyone he is more then worthy of the number one sport in the Serbian side. His penalty save was crucial and inspired the Serbs.
The White Eagles created more chances, and were excellent on the break, especially in 3 on 3 situations. Antic brought on youngster Radosav Petrovic for his aearial ability and Gojko Kacar who should have done better with the chances he had.
Serbia should have killed off the match near the end. They proved to be too much for Germany who expected to trounce the White Eagles. Antic got his tactics spot on and with the added determination from his boys, there was no stopping this Serbia side.
Morale is high in the squad and things can only get better from here. (Just pray to god no more handballs!)