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Glorious Serbia are going Dutch

Published: Tuesday 10 October 2006, 22.34CET
Sweden 0-5 Serbia (agg: 3-5)Serbia overturned a heavy first-leg defeat to qualify for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
by Aleksandar Bošković

Match statistics

SwedenSerbia

Goals scored0
5
Attempts on target0
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 10 October 2006, 22.34CET

Glorious Serbia are going Dutch

Sweden 0-5 Serbia (agg: 3-5)Serbia overturned a heavy first-leg defeat to qualify for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Having looked in disarray and out of contention following a 3-0 first-leg defeat, Serbia regrouped superbly to win 5-0 in Sweden and maintain their proud recent record in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

'Quality'
With their Montenegro appendage, the team reached the final of the 2004 edition before losing in the last four in Portugal this summer. New coach Miroslav Djukić had been saying in recent weeks that Serbia "have the quality" to impress again in the Netherlands in 2007 and his side repaid that faith in fine style as goals from Dragan Mrda, Boško Janković, Stefan Babović (2) and Miloš Krasić sent them through.

Fast start
Serbia began as though the cause was not lost and Aleksandar Kolarov and Janković both went close in the opening five minutes before Mrda registered the early goal they wanted with nine minutes on the clock, scoring from close range when unmarked. Within two minutes they had doubled their advantage and moved to within one goal of restoring parity overall. In contrast to Mrda's effort, it was a stunning 25-metre free-kick from Janković which silenced the home crowd and gave Serbia real hope, hope that was realised ten minutes before the break as Babović made it 3-3 on aggregate.

Hosts in 2009
The most unlikely of turnarounds was completed on the hour as Babović scored again, converting a precise cross from Janković. Sweden now needed two goals to progress, although the only other goal of the night also went Serbia's way as Krasić took advantage of an error by Fredrik Stoor to keep the White Eagles flying high. While Serbia can look forward to next summer's finals, Sweden will not play a competitive match at this level until 2009 when they host the next championship.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.40CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Serbia

Serbia

1
DahlinJohan Dahlin (GK)
Substitution46
1
KahrimanDamir Kahriman (GK)
2
StoorFredrik Stoor
Substitution71
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović (C)
3
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist (C)
3
TošićDuško Tošić
4
K. SvenssonKarl Svensson
6
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
5
WendtOscar Wendt
7
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić
6
LindgrenRasmus Lindgren
Yellow Card31
8
JankovićBoško Janković
Goal11
Yellow Card15
7
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
10
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Yellow Card90
8
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Yellow Card45
Substitution63
11
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
9
DjurićDušan Djurić
14
BabovićStefan Babović
Goal35
Goal59
Substitution89
10
HolménSamuel Holmén
Yellow Card82
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Yellow Card37
Goal66
Substitution76
11
GoitomHenok Goitom
18
MrdjaDragan Mrdja
Goal9
Yellow Card17

Substitutes

12
SahlmanMarcus Sahlman (GK)
Substitution46
12
StefanovićIgor Stefanović (GK)
15
LarssonSebastian Larsson
Substitution71
13
DrinčićNikola Drinčić
Substitution76
16
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution63
16
IveljaDjordje Ivelja
Substitution89
13
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
4
PavlovićPredrag Pavlović
14
LustigMikael Lustig
5
KačarGojko Kačar
17
SjöhageJoakim Sjöhage
9
CeranDragan Ceran
18
ToivonenOla Toivonen
15
RendulicZoran Rendulic

Coach

Tommy Söderberg (SWE) Miroslav Djukic (SRB)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Peter Henes (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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