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Serbia soar after Helsinki triumph

Published: Saturday 2 June 2007, 22.00CET
Finland 0-2 Serbia Boško Janković and Milan Jovanović scored as Serbia secured a vital win to stay in contention in Group A.
Serbia soar after Helsinki triumph
Boško Janković celebrates his goal in Helsinki ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandSerbia

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners7
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 19/08/2013 13:16 CET

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Published: Saturday 2 June 2007, 22.00CET

Serbia soar after Helsinki triumph

Finland 0-2 Serbia Boško Janković and Milan Jovanović scored as Serbia secured a vital win to stay in contention in Group A.

Boško Janković and Milan Jovanović were both on target as Serbia secured a vital victory away at UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A rivals Finland in Helsinki.

Ideal start
RCD Mallorca midfielder Janković got Javier Clemente's side off to the ideal start when he latched on to Ivica Dragutinović's left-wing cross and volleyed in in the fourth minute. Then, after resisting a second-half rally from the Finns, Jovanović sealed a fine result just before full-time.

Jääskeläinen save
Finland began the evening level with Serbia and Portugal on eleven points, five fewer than section leaders Poland, but after conceding so early they struggled to find their rhythm. The visitors, meanwhile, were content to play on the counterattack and came close to doubling their advantage immediately after the interval. Zdravko Kuzmanovic's shot was tipped round the post by Jussi Jääskeläinen and from the ensuing corner, Nemanja Vidić saw his header cleared off the line by Hannu Tihinen.

Fine save
The FC Zürich centre-back was in the thick of the action at the other end on 63 minutes, heading Joonas Kolkka's corner beyond Vladimir Stojković but against the crossbar. Roy Hodgson's men showed more urgency as the second half wore on and came close to levelling matters when substitute Jonatan Johansson drew a fine save from Stojković.

Jovanović strike
Yet just as an equaliser appeared on the cards Serbia struck again through Jovanović, the R. Standard de Liège striker finding space before drilling the ball past Jääskeläinen for his second of the campaign. With Poland also winning tonight, Serbia remain five points off the summit with a game in hand, though Finland have could rejoin them in the standings by winning in Belgium on Wednesday.

Last updated: 02/06/07 22.36CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Serbia

Serbia

22
JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen (GK)
1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
19
KallioToni Kallio
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
Yellow Card77
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
5
TihinenHannu Tihinen
5
VidićNemanja Vidić
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen
6
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
23
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
Yellow Card77
15
IlolaJari Ilola
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
Yellow Card27
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
8
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution28
18
JankovićBoško Janković
Goal3
Substitution67
18
KuqiShefki Kuqi
Substitution70
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution60
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution62
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
BahneMagnus Bahne (GK)
12
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
7
NurmelaMika Nurmela
11
TošićDuško Tošić
32
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution85
10
LitmanenJari Litmanen
Substitution70
2
ErgićIvan Ergić
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
Substitution28
7
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
14
KuivastoToni Kuivasto
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution60
Goal86
21
JohanssonJonatan Johansson
Substitution62
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution67

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Julian Rodriguez Santiago (ESP)

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