It was a magnificent success for the very young (average age 25) Black Stars over very tall (average height 187 cm) Serbia as they showed the world what they can accomplish, even without Michael Essien. A great game, high intensity and more chances than the result even shows. But then again, any team that has defense general Nemanja Vidic in their team should never be ruled out.
But before this game even kicked off, Group B’s last game was played. Algeria’s goalie, Faouzi Chaouchi fumbled in a shot from Slovenia’s Robert Koren. Boom. Game over for the Desert Foxes who were hoping for a draw after already being down to ten men, as an over-excited Abdelkader Gheezzal managed to get sent off after only 14 minutes on the pitch. Think both USA and England had hoped for a tie there too. Group B: wide open.
Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. The German machine did as they always do in the opening game and had fairly little trouble clinching their win over the Socceroos of Australia. The red card on Tim Cahill felt a bit too harsh though, no? Who knows what could have happened if they had scored their first attempt after only a few minutes and remained a whole eleven players? Yes, who knows…if only…gotta love football.
So what does this mean for Group C? Well, Serbia’s next game is against a very well oiled German machine, and Ghana will face Australia without their biggest star (ok, maybe Kewell, but we didn’t see you today buddy). Perhaps the highly underestimated Black Stars will surprise yet again. Only football will tell.