Serbia upsets Germany to start World Cup schedule Friday

Serbia vs. Germany, USA vs. Slovenia, and England vs. Argentina on World Cup schedule Friday.

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    Serbia's Milan Jovanovic, center, jumps over security barriers to celebrate with supporters after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup group D soccer match between Germany and Serbia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on June 18.
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Serbia has upset Germany, USA is expecting to beat Slovenia, and England is hoping to wallop Algeria during the World Cup schedule Friday.

FRIDAY (June 18):

  • Germany vs. Serbia, 1:30 pm (7:30 am EST on ESPN)
  • USA vs. Slovenia, 4 pm (10 am EST on ESPN)
  • England vs. Algeria, 8:30 pm (2:30 pm EST on ESPN2)

No. 6-ranked Germany was expected to defeat No. 15-ranked Serbia, according to FIFA's rankings, But Serbia drew first blood and thanks to yellow-card happy refs, held on to a 1-0 lead in the second half. Serbia lost their first game to Ghana, making a win against Germany almost unfathomable after Deutschland's 4-1 drubbing of the Aussies.

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No. 14-ranked USA is expected to top No. 25-ranked Slovenia, though only if the Americans can get over their David vs. Goliath complex.

And No. 8-ranked England is expected to beat No. 30-ranked Algeria.

Check back with Monitor for results. On Thursday, Argentina annihilated South Korea (4-1), Greece beat Nigeria (2-1), and Mexico upset France (2-0). See all results and a schedule at FIFA.com.

Download a PDF of the World Cup schedule from FIFA, and this ESPN fact sheet on its month-long coverage of the World Cup. Live television coverage on ESPN and Univision begins a half-hour before each match. ESPN3 offers live streaming.

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