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Klose dismissed

Gritty Serbs rain on German parade

Germany suffered a major setback in their second match at the World Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Serbia, in which Miroslav Klose was sent off and Lukas Podolski missed a penalty. Joachim Löw's men must now beat Ghana in their last group match next Wednesday to be sure of making the last sixteen.

"There's anger and disappointment in the dressing room, because that's a game we should never have lost. I'm almost speechless about what's happened today," Bastian Schweinsteiger declared afterwards. The midfielder was one of five FCB men to start the match, as Löw fielded a line-up unchanged from the side which beat Australia 4-0 last Sunday.

Khedira against the bar

A 42,000 crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth saw the Germans go a man down on 37 minutes, when Klose received a second booking from card-happy Spanish referee Alberto Undiano. Franz Beckenbauer felt the official was "too fussy", with Löw commenting that "eight yellow cards and a sending-off was too much. It wasn't a dirty match, but Klose probably should have been a little more cautious."

Germany's misery doubled a minute later when Holger Badstuber failed to prevent Milos Krasic crossing from the right, and the unmarked Milan Jovanovic forced the ball home from close range. The three-time winners fought back before the interval, but Sami Khedira's drive cannoned back off the crossbar.