- Title: SOUTH AFRICA: FOOTBALL/SOCCER - Serbia prepare for World Cup match against Ghana
- Date: 10th June 2010
- Summary: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (JUNE 9, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SERBIAN NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING SERBIA COACH, RADOMIR ANTIC WATCHING TRAINING VARIOUS OF SERBIAN NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING AND STRETCHING VARIOUS OF SERBIANS PLAYERS TRAINING, NEMAN JAVIDIC RUNNING WITH THE BALL VARIOUS OF GOALKEEPERS TRAINING DOWNTOWN JOHANNESBURG SERBIANS PLAYERS MOVING GOAL POSTS TO START A TRAINING MATCH VARIOUS OF SERBIAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN FANS AT STADIUM VARIOUS OF TRAINING /FANS AT STADIUM
- Embargoed: 25th June 2010 13:00
- Location: South Africa
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA8N7SJOM7CQW3CUHI9T5EZ1UZN
- Story Text: Serbia coach Radomir Antic seemingly has no selection dilemmas for Serbia's opening game against Ghana in Pretoria on Sunday (June 13).
Serbia's reshuffled back four looked uncomfortable in three pre-tournament friendlies but the first signs of improvement were visible at their opening training session which had the makings of a competitive game.
Antic will be especially wary of the 2006 World Cup fiasco when Serbia and Montenegro lost all three matches and conceded 10 goals after letting in only one in the qualifiers.
Having never come from behind to win a competitive match or beaten a leading soccer nation, the Serbs, playing in their first tournament as an independent nation, know a winning start against Ghana will be essential if they are to achieve their objective of reaching the last 16.
While Ghana have the benefit of being coached by Serb Milovan Rajevac who will need no introduction to his compatriots, Antic will hope that the depth of Serbia's squad will make a difference in that game.
Serbia play Germany in Port Elizabeth on June 18 and Australia in Nelspruit five days later.
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