Pre-game: Serbia vs. Ghana
Day 3, Match 2
Serbia vs. Ghana, Group D
Date and Location
June 13, Pretoria, Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
Serbia against Ghana will be a veritable test of might: simply, which of these teams is stronger. Both countries can boast physical specimens who are the quintessence of the modern footballer — elegant, swift, powerful and chiselled — so this matchup will be won on the sidelines; a cerebral engagement between Milovan Rajevac and Radomir Antic. The victor will be the one who can astutely dictate the brawn and panache of colossal men. What's more, this match should prove that any two teams in Group D can advance.
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Injuries and suspensions
Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has been battling a shoulder injury.
Player to watch for Serbia
Zoran Tosic — A slick, smooth runner up the left side, Tosic will be launching balls in from the flank that will have the opposition scrambling. His set-pieces, too, are powerful bending nightmares
Player to watch for Ghana
Dominic Adiyiah — After a remarkable performance in last year's FIFA U-20 World Cup (eight goals in seven games), Dominic Adiyiah seems destined to become a striker whose ability is equal to, if not greater than that of Samuel Eto'o and Didier Drogba. At just 20 years old, he might be the young player to watch this tournament.
Nemanja Vidic vs. Matthew Amoah — Nemanja Vidic might be one of the best centre backs on the planet, but he has one flaw: he cannot deal with players who hang off him and look to break away when a ball is played through or over the top (just ask Liverpool's Fernando Torres). What does Matthew Amoah do so well? Hang off the last defender and wait for a ball to be played through or over the top.
The Serbian perspective
"When the draw (for the qualifiers) was made, nobody thought of us as favourites, not even ourselves. At the start we thought we'd be playing for second place, but then we started winning games and we just grew in confidence. This was key and we never lost our rhythm. " — striker Nikola Zigic
The Ghanaian perspective
"We are an all-round team. Let me take you back to [this year's African Cup of Nations] where we lost some players but the team was able to make the final. As a group we are OK but we lost [Michael Essien for the World Cup] so we have to concentrate on the future." — striker Asamoah Gyan
World Cup head-to-head
Ghana has never faced Serbia, or the former Yugoslavia, at the World Cup.
- Games played: 1
- Yugoslavia: 1 win, 0 losses, 0 draws
- Ghana: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws
- Goals: Yugoslavia 3, Ghana 1
- Last match: Ghana faced the former Yugoslavia in Seoul, South Korea in 1997 and lost 3-1.