BfB Goes To The World Cup 2010 (Without leaving the front room)

If any group in the World Cup contains four well matched teams then it is Group D with Serbia and Ghana pairing with the Germans and the Australians to create a foursome which is hard to predict although predict I shall and that prediction is that both these sides will be in the second round.

Ghana start brightest with Kwadwo Asamoah flashing a chance at goal and Kevin-Prince Boateng striking a well hit shot from range. André Ayew and Boateng continue to impressive with some good interplay and in a tight game in a tight group it seems that Ghana must make the most of this period of pressure lest they suffer as so many have so far for not making the best of the time in control of the game.

The Serbs – a team for which the word “spirit” is too small- stabilise with some firm defending utilising Dejan Stankovic able to drop from a more advanced midfield position into a holding role to give that stability. Branislav Ivanovic shows the limits of the Serbs attacking in this period making half hearted raids well snuffed out by an organised defence.

Richard Kingston faces a long range shot – he gets his body behind it and throws it into the air by mistake – but he got his body behind it and it does not go in.

Ayew is guilty of profligacy in the second half missing the target with a headed chance and blazing a long shot high and wide. In the World Cup of few goals – one and a third goals per game thus far is very low and shows the cagey start to the tournament – teams are being punished for being wasteful not just in front of goal but in ending moves too early with long range efforts.

Stephen Appiah makes a welcome return for the Africans as they look to convert the majority of the game into the a lead and they are helped by Aleksandar Lukovic’s sending off for pulling back Asamoah Gyan in the middle of the pitch – seemingly a needless foul – and one which results in the Serbs enjoying a little ascendancy with Miloš Krasic hitting a shot straight at Kingson when it seemed that he must score.

The fear of opening day defeat hangs heavily over the World Cup. The months of preparations and hopes are distilled into a ninety minutes losing which seems to render those preparations pointless. An opening draw at least ensures that a nation are in the competition for the opening two weeks. The rewards of victory – even the eked out win of Argentina – in these situations are great.

Great and offered up to Ghana by a penalty for handball by Zdravko Kuzmanovic as Boateng looked to get on the end of a cross. Chances to win in this World Cup have not come more clear than this.

Gyan takes it.

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