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Serbia dream dies with Poland draw

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.57CET
Serbia 2-2 Poland
The home side's hopes of reaching the final tournament were ended despite a fine fightback against the Group A winners in Belgrade.

Match statistics

SerbiaPoland

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners8
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
4
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.57CET

Serbia dream dies with Poland draw

Serbia 2-2 Poland
The home side's hopes of reaching the final tournament were ended despite a fine fightback against the Group A winners in Belgrade.

Serbia's slim UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying hopes evaporated despite a spirited second-half comeback in Belgrade, where they recovered a two-goal deficit to draw with Group A winners Poland.

Point not enough
The visitors – who had booked their finals ticket with a 2-0 weekend defeat of Belgium – were poised to end their campaign on another high after Rafał Murawski and Radoslaw Matusiak had secured a two-goal lead by the 47th minute. Serbia rallied strongly, however, with two strikes in three minutes midway through the second period, Nikola Žigić and Danko Lazović finding the net, yet were unable to find a winner. Portugal's goalless draw with Finland ensured they, not Javier Clemente's side, qualified for next summer's tournament.

Pole position
Serbia began positively with Miloš Krasić and Mladen Krstajić testing Poland keeper Łukasz Fabiański, although it was the away team who made the breakthrough in the 28th minute. Mariusz Lewandowski lifted a pass over the Serbia defence, enabling Murawski to chip keeper Vlada Avramov. A second goal arrived two minutes into the second half, as substitute Matusiak found space inside the area and produced a neat finish to deceive Avramov.

Rousing revival
Just when it seemed Poland were on course for a comfortable success, Serbia halved the deficit out of nothing in the 69th minute. Žigić rose to nod Duško Tošić's right-wing cross beyond Fabiański. Tošić was also the creator two minutes later as the hosts drew level, delivering an inswinging corner that Lazović directed into the corner of the net. Although Avramov then made a fine stop from Lewandowski's free-kick, Žigić might have won it nine minutes from time but could only head straight at Fabiański. With that, Serbia's faint hopes were gone.

Last updated: 22/11/07 1.34CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Poland

Poland

12
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
12
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
2
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
Yellow Card30
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
6
BąkJacek Bąk (C)
Yellow Card72
Substitution77
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić (C)
Substitution64
2
JopMariusz Jop
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
21
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
Yellow Card42
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
15
ŁobodzińskiWojciech Łobodziński
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution46
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution76
23
MurawskiRafał Murawski
Goal28
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
5
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution19
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Goal68
Yellow Card90
11
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
Substitution46

Substitutes

25
R. IlićRadiša Ilić (GK)
22
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
15
StepanovMilan Stepanov
4
BaszczyńskiMarcin Baszczyński
11
TošićDuško Tošić
Substitution64
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Substitution77
7
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
19
GargułaŁukasz Garguła
18
JankovićBoško Janković
Substitution76
20
MatusiakRadosław Matusiak
Substitution46
Goal46
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution46
Goal70
Yellow Card88
24
ZahorskiTomasz Zahorski
Substitution19
Yellow Card43
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
25
KiełbowiczTomasz Kiełbowicz

Coach

Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP) Leo Beenhakker (NED)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Stéphane Cuhat (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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