D-Day: Germans look to score over a strong Serbian wall
Serbia know there is little room for error after losing their first WC match and have warned Germany they will be no pushovers when they meet in their next Group D game on Friday.sports Updated: Jun 18, 2010 01:05 IST
Serbia know there is little room for error after losing their first WC match and have warned Germany they will be no pushovers when they meet in their next Group D game on Friday.
Germany thrashed Australia 4-0 in their opener while Serbia lost 1-0 to Ghana and need top pull off a shock result against the three-times world champions to boost their chances.
“They have a plethora of versatile players and are difficult to contain but we will be no pushovers,” said winger Zoran Tosic. “There is no more room for error and we have to show what we are made of,” he said.
Coach Radomir Antic will select Neven Subotic in central defence for the suspended Aleksandar Lukovic, who was sent off against Ghana after receiving two yellow cards.
“Subotic is a natural replacement for Lukovic and I’m confident he’ll do a good job in what is now a crunch game against the Germans,” Antic said.
Zdravko Kuzmanovic, who conceded a late penalty against Ghana, is likely to replace the ineffective Nenad Milijas as Serbia aim for a first win over one of the world's top-ranked sides since the country's separation from Montenegro.
Germany coach Joachim Loeb will probably keep faith with the side that thrashed the Socceroos and silenced the many critics who had begun to write off a young squad missing their captain Michael Ballack through injury.
Bastian Schweinsteiger will be ready, despite a cold, and should link up in midfield with Sami Khedira, who has filled the holding midfield role.
Germany will likely opt for a cautious approach and curb the attacking instincts on show in their win against Australia to avoid being exposed at the back.
They know Serbia will prepare for an attacking approach, with lofty marksman Nikola Zigic being the main threat for the Germans.