Friday, June 18, 2010

Sports News (18.06.2010)


Germany unchanged against Serbia
PORT ELIZABETH: Germany manager Joachim Loew, named an unchanged side to the one that had crushed Australia for Friday's Group D tie here with Serbia.

Serbia coach Radomir Antic in contrast made two switches, one forced on him with Neven Subotic stepping in for Aleksandar Lukovic, sent off in the 1-0 opening loss to Ghana, and Dynamo Kiev midfielder Milos Ninkovic in for striker Marko Pantelic.

Germany top Group D after their impressive 4-0 defeat of the Socceroos, and can all but book a last 16 berth with victory over the Balkan state at a sun-drenched Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.

The Serbs, who arrived in South Africa billed as live outsiders to make a serious impact, are desperate to improve on their below par display to Ghana.
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Defeat will spell an early trip home if Ghana grab at least a point from minnows Australia on Saturday.

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