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Serbia fightback flattens Northern Ireland

Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 22.30CET
Serbia 2-1 Northern Ireland
Vladimir Petrović's side revived their qualifying hopes by overturning a half-time deficit through goals from Marko Pantelić and Zoran Tošić.
by Djorde Pajić
from Stadion FK Crvena zvezda
Serbia fightback flattens Northern Ireland
Zoran Tošić takes the plaudits after scoring Serbia's winner against Northern Ireland ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SerbiaNorthern Ireland

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
4
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
2
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
23
Fouls suffered23
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 25 March 2011, 22.30CET

Serbia fightback flattens Northern Ireland

Serbia 2-1 Northern Ireland
Vladimir Petrović's side revived their qualifying hopes by overturning a half-time deficit through goals from Marko Pantelić and Zoran Tošić.

Two goals in nine second-half minutes from Marko Pantelić and Zoran Tošić kept Serbia's UEFA EURO 2012 qualification hopes alive in Belgrade. Northern Ireland had looked on course for a second away win in Group C when Gareth McAuley headed in Chris Brunt's free-kick but Serbia's fightback drew them level on seven points with second-placed Slovenia.

Serbia started slowly yet almost took the lead when skipper Dejan Stanković found space in the box and cut the ball back to Branislav Ivanović but his shot was hacked off the line by McAuley. Tošić looked dangerous throughout and he created the best opening of the first half, skilfully beating Jonny Evans before squaring to Adem Ljajić who saw his initial effort blocked by Aaron Hughes and then stabbed a second attempt over the crossbar.

Northern Ireland were providing a consistent threat from set-pieces and it was no surprise when, five minutes before the break, McAuley got on the end of Brunt's vicious inswinging free-kick to head past Željko Brkić and give the visitors the lead. Moments later Nigel Worthington's side almost doubled their advantage. Brunt was again at the heart of it, playing a neat through ball to Kyle Lafferty who poked it past Milan Biševac but blazed over the crossbar with only the keeper to beat.

Serbia were much improved in the second half and almost equalised when Ivanović met Miloš Krasić's corner but his bullet header was saved at point-blank range by debutant goalkeeper Lee Camp. After a spell of sustained pressure Vladimir Petrović's men drew level thanks to excellent play by the lively substitute Milan Jovanović who laid the ball perfectly into the path of Pantelić to fire low past Camp. The hosts were ahead just nine minutes later as Miloš Ninković weaved his way through the Irish midfield and found Tošić who rifled a sweetly struck drive into the top left-hand corner.

Last updated: 26/03/11

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
1
CampLee Camp (GK)
3
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
2
CathcartCraig Cathcart
4
BiševacMilan Biševac
3
J. EvansJonny Evans
Yellow Card27
Substitution86
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
Goal40
7
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
Goal74
6
BairdChris Baird (C)
8
LjajićAdem Ljajić
Substitution46
7
C. EvansCorry Evans
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Yellow Card45+2
Goal65
8
ClinganSammy Clingan
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
Yellow Card37
9
GormanJonny Gorman
Substitution78
11
MilijašNenad Milijaš
Substitution46
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution46
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Yellow Card55
Substitution86
11
BruntChris Brunt
20
SubotićNeven Subotić
18
HughesAaron Hughes

Substitutes

12
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
12
TuffeyJonny Tuffey (GK)
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution46
5
CraiganStephen Craigan
15
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
Substitution86
13
ThompsonAdam Thompson
16
ObradovićIvan Obradović
14
McCannGrant McCann
18
NinkovićMiloš Ninković
Substitution46
15
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution46
Yellow Card62
21
TrivunovićVeseljko Trivunović
16
FeeneyWarren Feeney
Substitution78
22
IlicBrana Ilic
17
McCourtPaddy McCourt
Substitution86

Coach

Vladimir Petrović (SRB) Nigel Worthington (NIR)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Frank Bleyen (BEL)

Fourth official

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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