June 13, 2010
World Cup: Ghana beats Serbia at Loftus Versfeld, Sunday, June 13
Ghanaian supporters at Loftus Versfeld in the opening clash of Ghana versus Serbia, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™
Ghana became Africa’s first team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to win a game, beating better-ranked Serbia 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria this afternoon.
Before the game, Serbia was ranked 15 in the world, and Ghana was ranked 32.
The atmosphere this afternoon was fabulous, with the sounds of beating drums complementing the vuvuzelas. The spirit and unity for Ghana was powerful. Red, green and yellow were the dominant colours around the stadium.
By half time, the score was 0-0 in an evenly-matched game.
But in the second half, Aleksandar Lukovic was red-carded, and Serbia was down to 10 men. Then, in the 83rd minute, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan scored off a penalty and the crowd went beserk.
Ghana is Africa’s fourth country to take to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stage in the opening round. On Friday, South Africa drew 1-1 against Mexico; on Saturday Nigeria went down 0-1 to Argentina; and earlier today, Algeria lost 1-0 to Slovenia.
Serbia threatens against Ghana
Loftus Versfeld is dominated by Ghanaian supporters
Supporters fly Ghana’s flag sporting the famous black star