World Cup 2010: Ghana vs. Serbia Live Stream [UPDATED]
The Black Stars of Ghana open their World Cup campaign against the White Eagles of Serbia hoping to overcome the loss of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, who failed to recover from a knee injury suffered at the African Nations Cup earlier this year.
Coach Milovan Rajevac said the loss of Essien is a severe setback for the squad, but he thinks Kevin-Prince Boateng, who plays for Portsmouth, is capable of filling his shoes. The 23-year-old Boateng made his first appearance for the West Africans in June, going into central midfield to take the place of the injured Sulley Muntari in a friendly encounter against Latvia.
The return to fitness of Kwadwo Asamoah and Sulley Ali Muntari has also given Ghana a boost. The Black Stars will also be empowered by an up and coming group of young players who were a part of the FIFA U20 World Youth Championship success last year.
Serbia, meanwhile, is making its first World Cup appearance as an independent nation, though the landlocked country has been at the tournament before, first as Yugoslavia and later as Serbia and Montenegro.
“We’re here for the first time at the World Cup as an independent state and this makes us even more motivated and stronger,” coach Radomir Antic said.
The Group D match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria is set for 16:00 CET (10:00 am Eastern Time in the U.S.).
UPDATE: An 84th-minute penalty kick by Rennais striker Asamoah Gyan handed Ghana a 1-0 win against Serbia in their Group D match.