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Yugoslavia pass Finnish test

Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.01CET
Yugoslavia 2-0 Finland Goals from Darko Kovacevic and Sinisa Mihajlovic earn victory.

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Serbia and MontenegroFinland

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
1

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Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.01CET

Yugoslavia pass Finnish test

Yugoslavia 2-0 Finland Goals from Darko Kovacevic and Sinisa Mihajlovic earn victory.

Yugoslavia overcame a tough Finland side 2-0 in their EURO 2004™ Group 9 qualifying game in Belgrade, thanks to second-half goals from Darko Kovacevic and Sinisa Mihajlovic

Aerial superiority
However, the first half had been all Finland's, as the visitors exerted their aerial superiority over the hosts. Finland had six headed chances, and the Yugoslavian defence looked to be struggling.

Excellent Jevric
Jari Litmanen and Joonas Kolkka bombarded the box with crosses, and the tall Liverpool defender Sami Hyypiä looked threatening. However, Finland’s tactics were foiled by the excellent form of goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric, who made save after save.

Real intent
Having shown little in the first period, Yugoslavia came out for the second half with real intent and opened the scoring on 55 minutes. Mihajlovic dribbled past two of his opponents in midfield before picking out Kovacevic, who made no mistake from seven metres out.

Two opportunities
Reverting to a 4-3-3 formation, Yugoslavia had several further chances to score. Predrag Mijatovic, who scored in his side's 1-1 draw with Italy on Saturday, had two great opportunities on 64 and 68 minutes, but he spurned them both.

Crucial second
It was not until the 85th minute that Yugoslavia scored the crucial second. Mihajlovic was lining up a free-kick, when Juha Reini was adjudged to have elbowed Mladen Krstajic in the box. Reini was sent off and a penalty was awarded. Mihajlovic stepped up and placed the ball accurately into the back of the net to make the final score 2-0.

'Important victory'
"I am satisfied with the result, but only with the performance in the second half," said Yugoslavia coach Dejan Savicevic. "My players were obviously not able to adopt a defensive formation, leaving a lot of space for the Finns in the air. At half-time I brought in Mladen Krstajic and that stopped the visitors. We are still not favourites in the group, we have still a lot of games to play, but we have achieved a very important victory."

Muurinen downbeat
Finland coach Antii Muurinen was more downbeat. "I respect the Yugoslavian team for their technical abilities and I was afraid that my players would not be able to score," he said. "Everything I was afraid of happened. We missed chances and they punished us with well-organised attacks. When you miss six consecutive chances on goal, you cannot expect to win.”

Last updated: 17/10/02 1.23CET

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Lineups

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

Finland

Finland

1
JevrićDragoslav Jevrić (GK)
1
Antti NiemiAntti Niemi (GK)
2
NjegusZoran Njegus
Substitution46
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution63
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
3
SaarinenJanne Saarinen
4
VidićNemanja Vidić
Yellow Card31
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
6
DuljajIgor Duljaj
5
KuivastoToni Kuivasto
7
LazetićNikola Lazetić
6
RiihilahtiAki Riihilahti
8
MijatovićPredrag Mijatović (C)
7
NurmelaMika Nurmela
Yellow Card41
10
StankovićDejan Stanković
Yellow Card8
8
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution82
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
Yellow Card48
Goal84
9
SumialaAntti Sumiala
Substitution57
14
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution62
10
LitmanenJari Litmanen (C)
18
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Yellow Card40
Goal55
Substitution71
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka

Substitutes

12
JilićDragan Jilić (GK)
12
JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen (GK)
5
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
Substitution46
14
ReiniJuha Reini
Substitution63
Red Card83
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević
Substitution71
17
JohanssonJonatan Johansson
Substitution57
13
N. BrnovićNenad Brnović
Substitution62
18
KuqiShefki Kuqi
Substitution82
15
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
13
NylundVille Nylund
16
StefanovicDejan Stefanovic
15
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen
17
DmitrovićBoban Dmitrović
16
WissJarkko Wiss

Coach

Dejan Savićević (MNE) Antti Muurinen (FIN)

Referee

Dick J.H. van Egmond (NED)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Adrianus Inia (NED)

Fourth official

Jack C. D. van Hulten (NED)

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