I’m going to keep this one nice and short, because frankly I have no leanings towards either team, and the whole match was rather slow and boring with little flare of offense from either side save a select few runs and shots.
This is a match that easily could have ended up in a draw if it wasn’t for the penalty kick that was awarded to Ghana at the 85th minute, which they managed to convert for a 1-0 lead in the match. Lukovic, of Serbia, had been sent off in the 2nd half with 2 consecutive yellow cards, but in my opinion, that didn’t really swing the scale much between the two tightly defended sides. Serbia still had just as much (or little) offensive threat and so did Ghana. The send-off of Lukovic didn’t seem as big of a factor overall. The hand-ball that cost Serbia the penalty kick, however, was a good call. The ball was about to land on the foot of the Ghana attacker who was streaking down the line – and to obstruct that within the penalty area with a carelessly out-stretched arm is just an idiotic move on the Serbian defender’s part, and it was totally well deserved.
So Ghana becomes the first African nation to win a World Cup match on African soil. Remember that South Africa managed a draw with Mexico on the opening match of the 2010 World Cup games.