How the world sees it: 19/06/2010

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De Bild, Germany

'It's Ghana be close'

Germany face a crucial showdown with Ghana after collapsing to a surprise defeat at the hands of Serbia in Group D.

Before the game, much of the talk had been of how many of Joachim Löw's team would score after they impressed during an opening 4-0 win over Australia. But that win was very much put into perspective by Serbia.

El Universal, Mexico

'Mexico make history'

Coach Javier Aguirre made a risky gamble and sent onto the pitch "Chicharito" Hernandez in place of Efrain Juarez. The gamble paid dividends and Hernandez broke the deadlock, repeating the feat of his grandfather Tomas Balcazar, who scored in the 1954 World Cup.

Marca, Spain

'Big blow for Germany'

What have things come to? The team that, up to this point, was playing the best football of the World Cup saw its dream of securing their ticket through to the second round dashed after losing to Serbia 1-0, through the luminous boots of Milan Jovanovic.

USA Today

'American defense gets a D'

Mental lapses in a game that meant so much to hopes of advancing is absolutely inexcusable. Across the backline a horrid performance against an average attack. Games are won with defense and the Americans had none.