Ghana 1 Serbia 0
PRETORIA, South Africa — The first World Cup in Africa has its first African winner.
Ghana stunned Serbia when Asamoah Gyan scored on an 84th-minute penalty kick for a 1-0 victory Sunday in Group D. The win set off celebrations not only on the Loftus Versfeld pitch but throughout Ghana.
And across the African continent.
"That's what you're seeing," Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah said. "This is the first time the World Cup is held in Africa, and all Africa is united."
In the opener for both teams, Zdravko Kuzmanovic needlessly handled a cross in the area, then argued the call and the yellow card he received. Gyan drove the penalty kick high to the left for the only goal.
Ghana came close but missed a series of headers. John Mensah and Gyan went wide, and Dede Ayew then headed against the goalpost.
Serbia's only real threat was a shot by Milos Krasic that was brilliantly saved by Richard Kingson in the 79th minute. And Serbian Aleksandar Lukovic was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow card.
"For sure, this is a big blow for us," Serbia coach Radomir Antic said. "To start a World Cup with a defeat is a bad thing."