Best of Day 3
Ian Watson takes a look through some of the moments that have stood out on the third day of the World Cup finals
Last Updated: June 14, 2010 5:29am
Kuzmanovic: Protests his innocence
Every day during the World Cup, Sky Sports will take a detailed look at all the drama and key incidents in South Africa.
Ian Watson looks at all the main moments as Germany sounded a warning to all those who wrote off their chances ahead of the tournament.
Goal of the Day: Lukas Podolski's exocet missile that opened the German floodgates against Australia.
The strike was measured at 82 miles per hour, which probably renders my "chocolate wrists" comment about Mark Schwarzer immediately after the goal a little harsh.
Thomas Muller's strike also deserves a mention, more for the way the Bayern Munich youngster stuck Scott Chipperfield on his backside before his shot, rather than for the finish itself.
Howler of the Day: Step forward Faouzi Chaouchi who, clearly feeling sorry for our very own Robert Green, decided to let Robert Koren's late strike for Slovenia go straight through him as Algeria lost their World Cup opener. The former West Brom midfielder let fly from 20 yards and Chaouchi must have been reliving old episodes of Happy Days in his head as he let the Jabulani squirm out of his grasp.
Futile Protest of the Day - Part One: After inexplicably handling in the penalty area to present Ghana with their winning penalty, Zdravko Kuzmanovic then achieved the almost impossible by making himself look even more ridiculous by vociferously protesting his innocence.
On what grounds, God only knows. The Serbian clearly punched the ball in his own box, under no pressure. There will not be a more black and white decision during this, or any other World Cup but still, Kuzmanovic appeared to genuinely believe that he had been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
No doubt Nemanja Vidic gave him something to really cry about when he got back into the Serbian dressing room at full time.
Futile Protest of the Day - Part Two: Midway through the second period of the woeful Algeria v Slovenia match, an Algerian fan became so bored that he decided to create his own entertainment by scaling up a floodlight pylon.
As a form of protest, it certainly beats booing or throwing a torn-up season ticket at the dug out. Something perhaps for disgruntled Manchester United and Liverpool fans to consider ahead of the new season.
"'What If' of the Day": Algeria keeper Faouzi Chaouchi: "If I grew up with coaching from Italy or Spain, I'd be one of the best in the world."
No. You. Would. Not.