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World Cup match-day 8: Garth Crooks' team of the day

By Garth Crooks
BBC football reporter in Johannesburg

Another great day of action in South Africa with a shock 1-0 victory for Serbia against Germany and a rousing 2-2 draw between Slovenia and the United States. As for England's dour draw against Algeria, the less said the better.

Here's my 2010 World Cup finals team of the day from Friday 18 June:

Team of the day

Serbia"s goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic saves a penalty

Goalkeeper
Serbia

Serbia had a poor opening game but to beat the Germans particularly in the form they were in was impressive. The keeper from Wigan Athletic played his part with a crucial penalty save.

Nadir Belhadj

Left-back
Algeria

Any one of the Algerian back four could have been selected such was England's lack of know how, passion and direction.

Rafik Halliche

Centre-back
Algeria

Algeria were rock solid most of the time against England and despite conceding a lot of corners, the north Africans held firm and made Fabio Capello's men look poor.

Neven Subotic

Centre-back
Serbia

The Borussia Dortmund defender was excellent and he made a fantastic tackle from the penalty rebound which denied the Germans a second go at that. Very strong throughout.

Miso Brecko

Right-back
Slovenia

The Slovenian full-back was outstanding, particularly in the first half against the United States. He was the bright spark in a defence which was bullied by the USA.

Valter Birsa

Left midfield
Slovenia

What a strike and what a footballer. If ever a player could play in the Premier League he is one. England, watch out!

Robert Koren

Centre midfieldSlovenia

Koren was the inspiration in the Slovenian team. Quite why West Brom and Roberto di Matteo can't resolve their differences and retain the talent is a mystery to me. West Brom are the losers there.

Michael Bradley

Centre midfield
United States

I saw Michael at the end of the game. I don't think I have seen anyone quite as angry about the referee's disallowed goal. He said he could not talk because he couldn't say what he wanted to say. I think that says it all!

Landon Donovan

Right midfield
United States

Donovan optimised the US spirit. He had an awful first half, but dug in and recovered well to earn his side a crucial point.

Milivoje Novakovic

Striker
Slovenia

The Cologne forward lead the line brilliantly and frightened the United States to death in the first half.

Zlatan Ljubijankic

Striker
Slovenia

Not particularly pleasing on the eye but he was very effective, along with his mate Novakovic in what looks a very dangerous partnership.



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