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Gritty Belarus keep Serbia in check

Published: Friday 19 June 2009, 23.58CET
Belarus 0-0 Serbia
The teams had to settle for a point apiece in Malmo, meaning it is advantage Italy and Sweden going into Tuesday's Group A finale.
by Patrick Hart
from Malmö New Stadium

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Match statistics

BelarusSerbia

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners4
 
5
Fouls committed28
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A(Host country: Sweden)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Italy Italy21102114
Sweden Sweden21016333
Serbia Serbia20200002
Belarus Belarus201115-41
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Friday 19 June 2009, 23.58CET

Gritty Belarus keep Serbia in check

Belarus 0-0 Serbia
The teams had to settle for a point apiece in Malmo, meaning it is advantage Italy and Sweden going into Tuesday's Group A finale.

Serbia and Belarus had to make do with a point apiece after a game of few chances in Malmo.

Deadlock
Neither side was able to find the breakthrough in a match dominated by near-misses, set-pieces and tactical tinkering. The end product for the Group A rivals was an unsatisfactory stalemate which left them lagging behind Italy and Sweden in the pool.

Early chances
There had been early promise when Gojko Kačar and Zoran Tošić made incursions into the Belarus box, with the former creating a shooting chance for Ljubomir Fejsa which was blocked bravely by Dmitri Verkhovtsov. However, the first trouble for either goalkeeper arrived from Belarus's fair-haired No7 Sergei Krivets, whose long-range strike forced Željko Brkić to tip over. No sooner had the same player crossed dangerously for Vladimir Yurchenko, than at the other end Pavel Chesnovski was turning to safety a low drive from Tošić. Belarus coach Yuri Kurnenin had demanded more aggression from his players, and they were certainly giving as much as they were getting at the Malmö New Stadium.

Changed lineup
Serbia coach Slobodan Krčmarević had brought Marko Milinković into his front three, replacing the injured Nemanja Matić, with Kačar dropping into midfield. Even from there Kačar looked the likeliest source of Serbian menace as the first half unfolded. It was from a Kačar corner that big centre-half Verkhovtsov made a timely interception to deny Jagoš Vuković a free header. Serbia appeared to have the edge physically, yet Kurnenin's team – featuring three novelties after the Sweden defeat, in Maksim Bordachov, Mikhail Sivakov and Yurchenko – were holding them at bay.

Close calls
Krčmarević's response was to restore Kačar to a more attacking role for the second half, a vacancy created by taking off Milinković for Ivan Obradović. Openings were still scarce in an increasingly cagey contest. Sivakov made space for Leonid Kovel to blast over from distance. Miralem Sulejmani's free-kick produced a headed half-opportunity for Nemanja Pejčinović. Set-pieces remained an option for Serbia, and they went close when Tošić's in-swinger was touched centimetres over by a combination of Kačar and Belarus defender Nikolai Osipovich.

No way through
It was somewhat out of context, then, when Kovel was able to run unchecked into the Serbia area with 70 minutes gone. His good work was spoiled by a theatrical tumble, however. Substitute Andrei Chukhlei should also have done better than lay the ball back for the covering Fejsa at the end of a promising Belarus break. Pejčinović was just as wasteful when he crashed the ball over after Kačar fed him from a Nemanja Tomić free-kick. The flashing both of five minutes' stoppage time, and of Tošić's left foot from a free-kick, suggested a late twist that never arrived – a game that yielded only five shots on target had drawn a blank.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.00CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Serbia

Serbia

1
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
2
OsipovichNikolai Osipovich
3
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Yellow Card18
Substitution82
4
ShitovIgor Shitov
Yellow Card67
4
KačarGojko Kačar
5
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
Yellow Card79
5
PetkovićNikola Petković
Substitution63
7
KrivetsSergei Krivets
7
SmiljanićMilan Smiljanić (C)
9
KovelLeonid Kovel
Yellow Card71
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
11
AfanasievMikhail Afanasiev (C)
Substitution69
11
TošićZoran Tošić
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Substitution82
14
TomovićNenad Tomović
18
VerkhovtsovDmitri Verkhovtsov
15
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
20
YurchenkoVladimir Yurchenko
Substitution76
16
VukovićJagoš Vuković
21
SivakovMikhail Sivakov
18
MilinkovićMarko Milinković
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
GomelkoArtem Gomelko (GK)
12
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
22
KovalevskiAnton Kovalevski (GK)
23
ŽivkovićŽivko Živković (GK)
3
MartynovichAleksandr Martynovich
2
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
6
BalanovichSergei Balanovich
6
GulanNikola Gulan
8
VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
Substitution82
8
VeljovićRade Veljović
Substitution82
10
KomarovskiDmitri Komarovski
9
PerovićSlavko Perović
13
SachivkoAleksandr Sachivko
13
ObradovićIvan Obradović
Substitution46
Yellow Card55
14
PutiloAnton Putilo
Substitution76
19
BrežančićRajko Brežančić
16
VeretiloOleg Veretilo
20
TadićDušan Tadić
17
GigevichSergei Gigevich
21
VilotićMilan Vilotić
19
YanushkevichAleksei Yanushkevich
22
TomićNemanja Tomić
Substitution63
23
ChukhleiAndrei Chukhlei
Substitution69
Yellow Card77

Coach

Yury Kurnenin (BLR) Slobodan Krčmarević (SRB)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Derek Rose (SCO), Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)

Fourth official

Pedro Proença (POR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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