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Group D Match 1 – Ghana v Serbia

Kuzmanovic uses that hand in a moment of madness

Serbia played well and were out done by two stupid mistakes by two of their defenders. Ghana played a great game all over. They defended well, attacked and passed with creativity and Kingson celebrates his 32 birthday with a tremendous save, a clean sheet and three points.

Ghana become the first African nation to win at this world cup.

PEEEEP PEEEEP PEEP

92:00 - Gyan almost gets  a second as he shoots with the inside of his foot and it hots the inside of the post and bounces across the face of goal. Ghana relentless right now

91:00 – Addy on for KBP. Time wasting tactic by Ghana.

89:00 – Great move by Stephen Appiah as he sends Tagoe a lovely ball and he chest it down and sends a shot inches wide. Turns out he handled it and gets a yellow for his troubles.

88:00 – Serbia keep attacking but are resorting to route 1 football.

85:00 - That was bad by the Stuttgart defender. There was no need to handle that ball and Serbia were playing very well a man down. That not only gave up goal but took all the momentum out of Serbia’s play…or did it?

83:00 – PENALTY! Kusmanovic handles it. That was as stupid as Ghezzal in the earlier game. Gyan is taking the penalty!….GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL GYAN. Classic penalty as the keeper goes the wrong way. Ghana 1 – Serbia 0

82:00 - The teams are playing as if the roles were reversed as Ivanovic makes a great run and fires from just outside the box  but the shot was always rising.

79:00 – Lovely move down the wing by Serbia as the cross comes to Pantelic who lets it go and Krasic fires one goalwards but Kingson makes an excellent save and pushes it over the bar. From the resulting corner, Vidic climbs high but his free header goes over as well.

76:00 – Serbia seems to have been freed up by being a man down as they work a nice set of passing movements but the final ball is poor. Serbia send in Subotic for Jonanovic to shore up their defense. Ghana really need to press here.

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Out of Africa

African football teams are becoming more and more of a force to contend with.

African teams have become regulars at the World Cup for the past 4 decades. As the game of football has become increasingly global, the top clubs in the world have been sending their scouts to all corners of Africa in an effort to find the next Weah, Essien, Drogba or Eto’o.

African born players have for a long time been very successful in the top leagues as individuals. George Weah, Abedi Pele, and Rabah Madjer have lead their teams to many a championship or cup finals.

Unfortunately when it came to playing for their national team, their teammates were just not good enough or there weren’t enough qualification spots allotted to African teams in order for these world class players to showcase their talents on an international stage. I believe one of  the greatest tragedies in World Cup football, was that Weah never played at the highest international level. The Liberian forward was poetry in motion. A strong player, blessed with wonderful ball skills, he graced the pitch wherever he played. He won European and World football player of the year in 1995 at Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan and won Serie A titles with the Rosseneri. He finally retired in 2003 a decorated club player but never could achieve any international glory.

It’s because of players like Weah, Pele etc… that the road was paved for African players to play top flight football. As European clubs signed more and more promising African players; their respective countries could now boast multiple accomplished players playing for their nation. However, it wasn’t until the 2006 World Cup that African countries were considered a legitimate threat to the traditional South American and European powerhouses.

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