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Serbia vs. Germany: World Cup’s third big upset in as many days

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(Read caption) LONG FACES: German fans react at the end of the Germany vs. Serbia match today at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth.

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Germany doesn’t lose in the first round of the World Cup. It just doesn’t happen, at least not since 1986 when West Germany fell to Michael Laudrup’s Danish team in the first-ever “Group of Death.”

And after their first game – when they made shish-kebabs out of Australia’s Socceroos – no one expected Germany to lose, at least not to Serbia.

But they did lose to the erratic Balkan team, 1-0.

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Germany today became the third elite European team to be upset in the past three days.

First, co-favorites to win it all, Spain, lost to Switzerland Wednesday, despite pummeling the Swiss for the better part of 90 minutes. Then, star-studded France cracked under an eager and persistent Mexican counterattack.

Germany’s loss, however, has to be attributed as much to a bad decision by Spanish referee, Alberto Undiano as it was Serbia’s soccer. Germany was forced to play two-thirds of the match with only 10 players after Mr. Undiano ejected Germany’s top goal-scoring threat, Miroslav Klose, in the 36th minute for a slight foul.

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