2010 FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup: Serbia vs Australia, Serbian Sorrows as Germany, Ghana Advance

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Ivan Obradovic of Serbia kneels on the pitch during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Australia and Serbia at Mbombela Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Michael PodgerContributor IJune 23, 2010

The Serbians felt the woes of World Cup exit today.

The game against Australia ended in despair when Marko Pantelic fired over the bar from seven yards out in injury time after he had clawed his team back from the brink with an 84th minute goal.

The Serbian team was only left in the position of needing two goals after Tim Cahill had headed home in the 69th minute, and Brett Holman fired from 30 yards out to put the Aussies 2-0 up with 25 minutes remaining on the clock. 

The Serbians were not without their own chances throughout the game.

They should have gone ahead on the 12th minute after Serbian Footballer of the Year, and rumored Juventus target, Milos Krasic, rounded Fulham's own Mark Schwarzer before putting the ball wide from an acute angle.

Branislav Ivanovic saw his close-range effort saved again by the Aussie shot-stopper, Shwarzer.  Other chances fell to the likes of Birmingham City's new striker Nikola Zigic, who saw his header fly wide from 10 yards. 

All in all, the Serbians will feel like they should have won this game after the chances created.

But unfortunately for them, the German march to the Last 16 ended successfully with a 1-0 win over a spirited Ghana side, which inevitably means that Australia and Serbia will be heading home early.

 

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