First, Spain. Then, France. Now Germany tumbles 0-1 to Serbia in the first round as a controversial referee decision held back the European powerhouse during today's Germany vs. Serbia game.
But they did lose to the erratic Balkan team, 1-0.
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.