Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic remains confident his side can bounce back from their defeat against Ghana, but admits they face a real fight on their hands in their next Group D outing against Germany.
Serbia's hopes of starting their first FIFA World Cup™ as an independent nation with a victory were sunk in Pretoria as they lost out to Asamoah Gyan's 84th-minute penalty. This after Serbia had been reduced to 10 men in the 74th minute when Aleksandar Lukovic picked up a second booking.
Radomir Antic's side now face an uphill battle to make it through to the last 16, but they cannot dwell on the loss as they are back in action again on Friday when they face Germany, a match that will go a long way to deciding Serbia's fate in South Africa.
It's a very difficult moment for everyone in our team. We were playing our first game against a very strong team and we lost, but I think we have the power to recover.
Ivanovic conceded it was a major blow to lose their opening match but is optimistic his side can turn things around in the Port Elizabeth clash. He said: "It's a very difficult moment for everyone in our team. We were playing our first game of the World Cup against a very strong team and we lost, but I think we have the power to recover after this game and prepare well for the next game."
Ivanovic also still has faith his side can secure one of the top two berths in Group D and a place in the knockout stages.
"We have to think like that. We are here at the World Cup to show how anything is possible," the Chelsea defender added. "We have to think about the next game and prepare for that."
Serbia could hardly have been handed a worse opponent against whom to keep their World cup hopes alive, though, with the Germans proving hugely impressive in the 4-0 thumping of Australia. Joachim Low's side will be brimming with confidence and Ivanovic, speaking before that result, said: "It's very difficult game for us because we lost the first game and now we play one of the favourites at the World Cup.
"Germany, of course, are a very strong team, a very hard team and we have to show that we can play against the big teams."