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Serbia win brings Sweden closer

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008, 23.08CET
Denmark 0-1 Serbia
Filip Djordjević's late goal handed Serbia a great chance of gracing next summer's final tournament after they triumphed in Scandinavia.
by Peter Bruun
from Aalborg
Serbia win brings Sweden closer
Dušan Tadić (Serbia) vies for the ball with Denmark's Winston Reid ©AFP

Match statistics

DenmarkSerbia

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008, 23.08CET

Serbia win brings Sweden closer

Denmark 0-1 Serbia
Filip Djordjević's late goal handed Serbia a great chance of gracing next summer's final tournament after they triumphed in Scandinavia.

Serbia took an important step towards qualification for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship on Saturday with a 1-0 victory in the away leg of their play-off with Denmark.

Djordjević winner
The Scandinavians had their chances to take control of the game but failed to make them count, much to the disappointment of the 4,551 fans in Aalborg. Instead, the visitors look favourites to progress to the final tournament in Sweden next summer after Filip Djordjević struck seven minutes from time to give them a 1-0 lead to protect in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Pedersen misses
Denmark dominated the first half and forward Nicklas Pedersen might have decided the match all by himself, missing no fewer than four excellent opportunities – two of them with his head. He was not the only source of danger either, with Jesper Lange having a shot blocked close to goal after 31 minutes. At the other end, Djordjević proved to be Serbia's sole threat, conjuring up a fine effort with his left foot and a couple of dangerous headers, one of which was saved by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Serbia superior
The nature of the contest changed after the restart as Serbia began to push forward with greater intent, and with less than 60 seconds gone Milan Perić forced Schmeichel into a magnificent save. The visitors were now on top and aside from a Lasse Schøne strike that fizzed narrowly over the crossbar, the Danes failed to create the same level of menace they had managed before the break.

Rare lapse
That allowed Serbia to take full advantage of their superiority and they did just that when a rare lapse by the Denmark defence left Djordjević one-on-one with Schmeichel. The FC Nantes Atlantique striker finished with ease and, despite desperate pressure from the hosts as time ticked down, Serbia held on to give themselves a great chance of gracing next year's tournament.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.23CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Serbia

Serbia

1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen (C)
15
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
3
ReidWinston Reid
2
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
4
TroestMagnus Troest
4
TomovićNenad Tomović
5
LumbMichael Lumb
5
PetkovićNikola Petković
Yellow Card45+2
6
ChristensenSøren Christensen
10
TadićDušan Tadić
7
GjesingJens Gjesing
3
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
Yellow Card86
Substitution88
8
JensenMike Jensen
6
GulanNikola Gulan
Yellow Card34
10
SchøneLasse Schøne
Substitution80
7
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić (C)
9
LangeJesper Lange
Substitution85
9
F. DjordjevićFilip Djordjević
Goal83
Yellow Card86
Substitution90+3
11
PedersenNicklas Pedersen
Yellow Card45+2
11
PerićMilan Perić
Yellow Card30
Substitution71

Substitutes

16
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
12
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
12
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
13
MilinkovićMarko Milinković
Substitution71
Yellow Card76
13
StormBo Storm
8
BogdanovićVladimir Bogdanović
14
MikkelsenTobias Mikkelsen
14
VilotićMilan Vilotić
15
JohansenTimmi Johansen
16
PajovićTomislav Pajović
17
UlrikVestergaard Ulrik
Substitution85
17
MatićNemanja Matić
Substitution88
18
NielsenBrian Nielsen
Substitution80
18
VeljovićRade Veljović
Substitution90+3

Coach

Keld Bordinggaard (DEN) Slobodan Krčmarević (SRB)

Referee

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Zsolt Varga (HUN)

Fourth official

Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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