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Serbia surge ahead with win in Northern Ireland

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 17.20CET
Northern Ireland 0-2 Serbia
Goals from Saša Marković and Nemanja Gudelj in the final ten minutes were enough to send Serbia three points clear at the top of Group 4.
by Alex Gulrajani
from The Showgrounds
Serbia surge ahead with win in Northern Ireland
Aleksandar Janković's side continued their impressive qualifying campaign on Tuesday ©KSC Lokeren OV
Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 17.20CET

Serbia surge ahead with win in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland 0-2 Serbia
Goals from Saša Marković and Nemanja Gudelj in the final ten minutes were enough to send Serbia three points clear at the top of Group 4.

Serbia pulled clear at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4 with a 2-0 win against Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland had just four points from their opening four fixtures but kept Serbia at bay for 80 minutes in Coleraine. Aleksandar Janković's team then moved up a gear to record their third in victory in the section thanks to substitute Saša Marković's opener and a Nemanja Gudelj penalty. Serbia are now three points clear of Denmark atop Group 4.

The visitors were in charge for long periods at the Showgrounds, home goalkeeper Conor Devlin called into action to keep out early headers from Matija Nastasić and Luka Milunović. Luka Milivojević spurned the best opening of the opening period, however, shooting over from ten metres.

The hosts came into the game after the interval, Josh Carson crashing a shot against the bar ten minutes into the second half after Connor McLaughlin had already been denied by Branimir Aleksić's point-blank stop.

Nemanja Kojić then went close for Serbia before Marković finally broke the deadlock with a cool finish. Gudelj added a second just three minutes later, sending Devlin the wrong way after Filip Djuričić had been felled by James Knowles.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.11CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Serbia

Serbia

1
DevlinConor Devlin (GK)
1
AleksićBranimir Aleksić (GK)
2
HodsonLee Hodson (C)
4
MedojevićSlobodan Medojević (C)
3
DudgeonJoe Dudgeon
Yellow Card60
5
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
Goal83
4
ClucasSeanan Clucas
6
MilunovićLuka Milunović
Substitution60
5
ThompsonAdam Thompson
8
IgnjovskiAleksandar Ignjovski
6
C. McLaughlinConnor McLaughlin
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Yellow Card80
7
FergusonShane Ferguson
Yellow Card68
Substitution79
14
MladenovićFilip Mladenović
Yellow Card35
8
CarsonJosh Carson
Yellow Card46
16
L. MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution60
9
MagennisJosh Magennis
Yellow Card78
17
KojićNemanja Kojić
Substitution88
10
GriggWilliam Grigg
Substitution46
19
MilivojevićLuka Milivojević
11
GormanJonny Gorman
Substitution79
20
NastasićMatija Nastasić

Substitutes

12
DrummondWayne Drummond (GK)
12
KirovskiAleksandar Kirovski (GK)
13
С. WinchesterCarl Winchester
Substitution79
2
MiljkovićAleksandar Miljković
14
HegartyChristopher Hegarty
7
KrstičićNenad Krstičić
Substitution88
15
KnowlesJames Knowles
Substitution46
Yellow Card82
9
ŠćepovićMarko Šćepović
16
P. McLaughlinPaddy McLaughlin
11
MarkovićSaša Marković
Substitution60
Goal80
17
R. DonnellyRory Donnelly
15
MilanovićMilan Milanović
Yellow Card83
18
LaveryCaolan Lavery
Substitution79
18
DespotovićDjordje Despotović
Substitution60

Coach

Steve Beaglehole (ENG) Aleksandar Janković (SRB)

Referee

Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

Assistant referees

Saulius Dirda (LTU), Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)

Fourth official

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

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