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France - Serbia
0-1
 

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Luković strike seals first Serbia triumph

Published: Thursday 1 August 2013, 22.53CET
France 0-1 Serbia
Andrija Luković's composed finish 12 minutes into the second half was enough to settle a tight final and take the trophy to Serbia for the first time.
by Andrew Haslam
from Marijampolé Football Club Stadium

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Match statistics

France
Serbia

0

Goals scored

1

4

on target

3

8

off target

3

6

Corners

5

17

Fouls committed

19

3

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

Lineups

France

France

Serbia

Serbia

1Beunardeau (GK)1Rajković (GK)
Yellow Card90
2Ikoko2Golubović
4Conte4Milinković-Savić
6Azouni
Yellow Card43
5Antić
8Hunou
Substitution76
6Filipović
9Benzia
Yellow Card63
9Djurdjević
Substitution88
11Rabiot
Yellow Card81
10Pavlovski (C)
Substitution90+3
12Moreira11Luković
Goal57
Substitution68
13Laporte (C)14Mitrović
14Martial
Substitution56
15Veljković
Yellow Card50
17Jean
Substitution66
18Maksimović

Substitutes

16Hassen (GK)12Čupić (GK)
5Rougeaux3Urošević
Substitution90+3
7Rodrigues
Substitution56
7Ožegović
Substitution88
10Nangis
Substitution66
8Meleg
Substitution68
15Gbamin
Substitution76
13Gačinović
18Nguette16Vojvodić
19Nganioni17Čavrić

Coaches

Francis Smerecki (FRA) Ljubinko Drulović (SRB)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

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Published: Thursday 1 August 2013, 22.53CET

Luković strike seals first Serbia triumph

France 0-1 Serbia
Andrija Luković's composed finish 12 minutes into the second half was enough to settle a tight final and take the trophy to Serbia for the first time.

Serbia claimed the UEFA European Under-19 Championship title for the first time as Andrija Luković's calm second-half finish settled a tight final against France in Marijampole.

Both sides had chances in an even first 45 minutes, yet the deadlock was not broken until Luković slotted in early in the second period. France – seeking their third title at this level – tried to rally, but a well-drilled Serbian rearguard held firm, denying their opponents clear openings and space in the final third to spark jubilant scenes of celebration at full time.

Having each played extra time in their semi-finals, it was perhaps understandable that both teams opened cautiously, although the pattern of the match might have been different had France forward Corentin Jean not pulled the first opening of the evening across goal in the eighth minute. At the other end, Aleksandar Mitrović turned smartly, but his subsequent shot drifted over, a fate France's Anthony Martial also suffered in similar circumstances later in the half.

Uroš Djurdjević did manage to get his shot on target after the ball had broken to him inside the France penalty area, Quentin Beunardeau saving comfortably, and then latched on to Mitrović's clever header only to opt for a return pass instead of a shot. As quickly as it had come the opening was gone. Larry Azouni's pass provided a glimpse of goal for Jordan Ikoko; the France right-back prodded wide.

Twelve minutes after half-time, Luković was not so forgiving. Marko Pavlovski's cross cleared Antoine Conte and found Mitrović; although his first touch took him wide, the No14 had the presence of mind to pull the ball back for the midfielder to sidefoot in. Serbia swiftly pressed for a second but were almost caught out on the counterattack when Jean and Yassine Benzia combined to set up Adrien Hunou; Predrag Rajković blocked the shot.

Suitably roused, France continued to press, with Rajković spilling a fierce Benzia drive and substitutes Lenny Nangis and Kevin Rodrigues trying their luck from range, their efforts blocked and wayward respectively. Six days ago Serbia had found a late equaliser against France in Group B; this time Ljubinko Drulović's team resisted attempts to turn the tables and, after one last scare when Benzia curled a free-kick too high, held out to finally claim the trophy.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.53CET

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