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Dembélé double downs Serbia

Published: Thursday 23 August 2007, 0.40CET
Belgium 3-2 Serbia
Moussa Dembélé helped the Red Devils to keep alive their slim qualification hopes at the expense of Serbia.
Dembélé double downs Serbia
Moussa Dembélé (centre) celebrates his first goal against Serbia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BelgiumSerbia

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners0
6
Fouls committed9
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 23 August 2007, 0.40CET

Dembélé double downs Serbia

Belgium 3-2 Serbia
Moussa Dembélé helped the Red Devils to keep alive their slim qualification hopes at the expense of Serbia.

Belgium kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™ from Group A by denting Serbia's own aspirations in Brussels.

Dembélé double
Goals from Moussa Dembélé and debutant Kevin Mirallas, a star of the summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship, inside the opening half-hour gave the hosts a two-goal lead but Zdravko Kuzmanović's 73rd-minute strike halved the deficit. Dembélé restored the cushion with two minutes remaining before Kuzmanović set up a thrilling finish.

Early opener
Serbia started the brighter with Boško Janković, another to shine at the U21 finals, firing wide and Kuzmanović forcing a save from Stijn Stijnen before Belgium opened the scoring in the tenth minute. Steven Defour sent in a cross from the right and Dembélé slotted the ball in from 12 metres for his second international goal.

Deserved second
Dembélé came close to doubling his tally four minutes later but his shot was saved by Vladimir Stojković before Thomas Vermaelen fired over the bar. In the 30th minute, Belgium got a deserved second goal as teenager Mirallas made it a debut to remember with a solo effort, beating Stojković with a shot into the far corner from the edge of the area.

Serbia reply
Miloš Krasić entered the fray early in the second half and his shot on the hour mark was blocked by Vermaelen. Belgium coach René Vandereycken replaced Mirallas with defender Anthony Vanden Borre soon after in an attempt to hold on to the lead, but Serbia pulled a goal back 17 minutes from time when Kuzmanović converted Ivica Dragutinović's cross from close range.

Tense finish
Dembélé's second goal, which beat Stojković at his near post from close range, looked to have put the game to rest but Kuzmanović's second in added time from 12 metres made it a tense final few minutes. Serbia have fallen three points behind second-placed Finland, who trail leaders Poland by two points, while Belgium are four points further back of the second qualifying position.

Last updated: 23/08/07 10.51CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Serbia

Serbia

1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
3
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
6
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
13
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
5
VidićNemanja Vidić
Yellow Card90+4
24
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić (C)
Yellow Card78
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
6
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
8
GoorBart Goor
Yellow Card32
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Goal73
Goal90+1
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
18
JankovićBoško Janković
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Goal30
Substitution67
7
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
Substitution56
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Goal10
Goal88
Substitution90
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution70
25
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution86
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution56

Substitutes

12
BaillyLogan Bailly (GK)
12
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
2
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Substitution90
11
TošićDuško Tošić
10
MartensMaarten Martens
15
StepanovMilan Stepanov
14
StercheleFrancois Sterchele
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
15
De ManMark De Man
2
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić
Substitution70
20
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Substitution67
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution56
11
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution86
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution56

Coach

René Vandereycken (BEL) Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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