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Serbia's Pavlovski hungry to progress

Published: Monday 22 July 2013, 11.17CET
For Serbia midfielder Marko Pavlovski, a combination of pace and discipline are powerful assets for a team chasing a third Under-19 semi-final appearance in five years.
by Ivan Vjetrović & Paul Bryan
from Marijampole

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Published: Monday 22 July 2013, 11.17CET

Serbia's Pavlovski hungry to progress

For Serbia midfielder Marko Pavlovski, a combination of pace and discipline are powerful assets for a team chasing a third Under-19 semi-final appearance in five years.

With a morale-boosting 2-1 victory against Turkey under their belts, Serbia next face Georgia in high spirits with midfielder Marko Pavlovski convinced his side can go from strength to strength as the UEFA European Under-19 Championship progresses.

We did everything we had been trained to do, though, and I think that was a winning combination
Marko Pavlovski

Semi-finalists twice in the past four years, Serbia produced a sharp display against the 2004 runners-up in their Group B opener on Saturday, with Andrija Luković and Aleksandar Mitrović finding the net in either half in Marijampole.

"We played a really fantastic match," Pavlovski told UEFA.com. "In the fırst half we set a really good tempo, although perhaps not what you might call a UEFA Champions League tempo – which is what we have been prepared for. We did everything we had been trained to do, though, and I think that was a winning combination."

The OFK Beograd youth-team product has scored three times in 28 Serbian Super Liga appearances since his 2010 debut and was ever-present in the U19 elite round as Serbia reached these finals – which Pavlovski regards as an important learning curve – on goal difference.

"Of course, for a young player, a competition like this is a big step in your career and my team-mates are really aware of that. They are showing that here you should give all that you have for your future," the No10 said.

The immediate future brings Serbia a second Group B assignment against Georgia on Tuesday, with France lying in wait in the section's final game. Having explained the importance of rest between matches at this tournament, Pavlovski suggested focus and confidence would be key to his side's prospects of making the last four.

"We are trying to keep our heads clear for the Georgia game," he said. "As for France – we will analyse the data but I think we are the better team and that is what we are going to show on the pitch."

Last updated: 22/07/13 15.26CET

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