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Vidic pride after Germany humbling

June 19, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Serbia defender Nemenja Vidic was ecstatic after the superb 1-0 win over Germany which put them in with a great chance of making the second round - even though it was his handball that almost cost the team victory - but is keeping his feet on the ground.

Milan Jovanovic scores against Germany
GettyImagesMilan Jovanovic scored for Serbia against Germany at the World Cup.

Lukas Podolski missed from the spot after Vidic's handball, and Serbia held on to win 1-0 thanks to Milan Jovanovic's goal.

Vidic said: "I feel proud. Obviously after the first game, we were disappointed. We didn't play well. But we had a great result against Germany, so now everything is in our hands.

"In the first game, we played a bit sloppy, and because it was the first game, maybe we were a little bit scared. In this game, we started aggressively, we played well, but I have to say that after the red card [for Miroslav Klose], we had the same game that we had against France [in qualifying].

"We got scared, we didn't play football, we were more focused on defence, and basically it was a struggle.''

Goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who saved Podolski's penalty, added:: "I thought something was going to happen, for sure, that there would be an occasion where I would have to be really concentrated, and I managed to be really concentrated over the 95 minutes.

"This is a great victory for all of us. We have shown we are a truly good team, that we believe in ourselves and we will continue in such a way.''