But they did lose to the erratic Balkan team, 1-0.
Germany today became the third elite European team to be upset in the past three days.
First, co-favorites to win it all, Spain, lost to Switzerland Wednesday, despite pummeling the Swiss for the better part of 90 minutes. Then, star-studded France cracked under an eager and persistent Mexican counterattack.
Germany’s loss, however, has to be attributed as much to a bad decision by Spanish referee, Alberto Undiano as it was Serbia’s soccer. Germany was forced to play two-thirds of the match with only 10 players after Mr. Undiano ejected Germany’s top goal-scoring threat, Miroslav Klose, in the 36th minute for a slight foul.
These decisions are always subjective, but that was a bad call. Few outside Belgrade would disagree.
And it cost Germany almost immediately. Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic scored shortly after the debilitating red card on Klose with a high volley at point blank range.
Despite being a man down, Germany nearly scored a number of times, including a penalty kick that German striker Lukas Podolski could not put in the back of the net. But they could not equalize.
Now Group D looks a lot more interesting, and Ghana can put itself in pole position with a win over Australia tomorrow.
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