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Ghana beat 10-man Serbia to take African joy to new heights

| 13.06.2010

Ghana won the battle of the dark horses to take a big step towards qualifying from Group D. They are 2/1 to top it.

Asamoah Gyan converted an 85th-minute penalty, awarded after Zdravko Kuzmanovic had inexplicably handled in the area.

Gyan also hit the post with a minute left and is now 4/1 second favourite to be African top scorer.

Serbia had been playing with ten men since the 75th minute when Aleksandar Lukovic was sent off for a second bookable offence for tugging back Gyan. It was the third red card in the tournament.

The match had earlier followed a similar pattern to many previous matches with little creativity on show and both sides setting out with somewhat of a defensive mindset.

Serbia’s best opening came when already a man down with CSKA Moscow’s Milos Krasic hitting a firm shot straight at Wigan’s Richard Kingson.

Krasic has been tipped to be a star of this World Cup but he showed little to merit that here.

It was Ghana players Kevin-Prince Boateng and man-of-the-match Prince Tagoe who exerted most influence on the match, and in all the Black Stars deserved their victory.

Ghana played with great unity and tireless energy in a display that had echoes of their African Cup of Nations run to the final in January.

England should have been watching this match closely with the runners-up from Group D facing the winners of Group C and vice versa.

It had been expected that Serbia would make the progression but their hopes now look close to extinction. They are now 150/1 to win the World Cup.

A potential last-16 tie with Ghana, though, would on this evidence be quite a test for Fabio Capello’s England.

Ghana are 66/1 to win the first World Cup on African soil. See the full Group D betting market.



John Klee