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Milošević stars as Yugoslavia beat the odds

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.48CET
Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia
Yugoslavia were trailing 3-0 and down to ten men with 30 minutes left, but recovered to earn a point.
Milošević stars as Yugoslavia beat the odds
Savo Milošević scores Yugoslavia's equaliser against Slovenia ©Getty Images

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YugoslaviaSlovenia

Goals scored3
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.48CET

Milošević stars as Yugoslavia beat the odds

Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia
Yugoslavia were trailing 3-0 and down to ten men with 30 minutes left, but recovered to earn a point.

The outlook was not so much gloomy as apocalyptic for Yugoslavia three-quarters of the way through this Group C opener. Trailing 3-0, Siniša Mihajlović compounded their woes by getting sent off; but then something incredible happened. Within the space of six minutes they were level.

Tournament debutants Slovenia, 150-1 outsiders at the start of UEFA EURO 2000, had been in dreamland, coasting after two goals from Zlatko Zahovič and Miran Pavlin's header. Mihajlović's indiscretions seemingly left them on the home straight but they eased off fatally. Substitute Savo Milošević pounced, scoring twice either side of Ljubinko Drulović's sweet left-footed strike to earn Yugoslavia a remarkable point.

Slovenia were crestfallen, inspecting the ruins of a match that had been going so well. Srečko Katanec's charges had soon been into their stride in unfamiliar surroundings, and Zahovič's 23rd-minute opener was merited. Aleš Čeh found space to run into on the left and delivered an inviting ball towards the penalty spot where the striker met it with a header directed into the bottom corner.

With Pavlin pulling the strings in midfield, Slovenia's neat passing game was proving irresistible. One beautiful move involving Pavlin, Čeh and Sašo Udovič created another great chance for Zahovič, but this time Ivica Kralj raced from his line and the shot spun away for a corner off the goalkeeper's legs.

Yugoslavia were sufficiently rattled to introduce the 35-year-old Dragan Stojković in an attempt to bring some composure. Had his crossing been more accurate two minutes before the break he may have done more than that after weaving some of the old magic and soon after the restart Mihajlović he tested Mladen Dabanovič with a free-kick. In the ascendancy, Vujadin Boškov introduced Milošević.

Yet almost before Yugoslavia's No9 had taken up his position, it was 2-0 as Pavlin headed in Zahovič's free-kick. Mihajlović was then booked for dissent and two minutes later a dreadful pass across the edge of his own area let in Zahovič for his second and Slovenia's third. To compound his error, Mihajlović was booked again almost immediately: Yugoslavia were down to ten.

Then came the fightback. First Miroslav Djukić retrieved a lost cause at the far post and Milošević turned the ball in after it bounced down to him off the bar, then Drulović rifled in. Three minutes later Yugoslavia were level, Drulović shrugging off Čeh and playing in a perfect ball for Milošević to sweep in the equaliser from close range.

To their credit Slovenia regained their footing, and it took Ivan Dudić's goal-line clearance to deny Željko Milinovič a dramatic late winner; Yugoslavia held on.

Last updated: 17/01/12 17.09CET

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Lineups

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

Slovenia

Slovenia

22
KraljIvica Kralj (GK)
12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič (GK)
2
I DudićIvan Dudić
3
MilinovičŽeljko Milinovič
3
DjorovićGoran Djorović
4
MilaničDarko Milanič (C)
Yellow Card13
4
JokanovićSlaviša Jokanović
5
GaličMarinko Galič
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
7
NovakDžoni Novak
6
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution36
8
ČehAleš Čeh
7
JugovićVladimir Jugović
9
UdovičSašo Udovič
Substitution64
8
MijatovićPredrag Mijatović (C)
Substitution82
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
Goal23
Goal57
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
Red/Yellow Card60
11
PavlinMiran Pavlin
Goal52
Substitution74
17
DrulovićLjubinko Drulović
Goal70
13
RudonjaMladen Rudonja
18
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution52
19
KaričAmir Karič
Substitution78

Substitutes

1
KoraćMilorad Korać (GK)
1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič (GK)
12
CicovićŽeljko Cicović (GK)
17
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak (GK)
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević
Substitution52
Goal67
Goal73
2
BulajičSpasoje Bulajič
10
StojkovićDragan Stojković
Substitution36
6
KnavsAleksander Knavs
13
KomljenovićSlobodan Komljenović
14
GajserSaša Gajser
14
SaveljićNiša Saveljić
15
IsteničRudi Istenič
15
BunjevčevićGoran Bunjevčević
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
16
GovedaricaDejan Govedarica
18
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
Substitution64
19
StankovićJovan Stanković
20
OstercMilan Osterc
Substitution78
20
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution82
21
PavlovičZoran Pavlovič
Substitution74
21
NadjAlbert Nadj
22
NemecDejan Nemec

Coach

Vujadin Boškov (SRB) Srečko Katanec (SVN)

Referee

Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Assistant referees

Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU), Dramane Dante (MLI)

Fourth official

Graham Poll (ENG)

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