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Dawson earns England slim Serbia advantage

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.00CET
England 1-0 Serbia
Stuart Pearce's side created plenty of chances but could only take one as Craig Dawson's second-half penalty gave them a narrow first-leg lead.
by Sam Adams
from Carrow Road

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Match statistics

EnglandSerbia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
8
Corners9
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 21.00CET

Dawson earns England slim Serbia advantage

England 1-0 Serbia
Stuart Pearce's side created plenty of chances but could only take one as Craig Dawson's second-half penalty gave them a narrow first-leg lead.

Craig Dawson's penalty earned England victory against Serbia, but it is the narrowest of leads Stuart Pearce's side will defend in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off second leg.

England may come to regret a succession of missed opportunities in Norwich, with Dawson's 65th-minute spot kick all that separated the teams. Serbia were dogged, but could not maintain any consistent pressure on the hosts' defence. It could be a different story in Krusevac on Tuesday, though.

On a clear, crisp night at Carrow Road, England took the early initative, but could not apply the finishing touch to their approach play. Tom Ince twice found himself with a clear sight of goal, glancing Danny Rose's 13th-minute cross wide before a heavy touch let him down when one-on-one with goalkeeper Branimir Aleksić.

Serbia were not playing like a side who came through their qualifying group undefeated, but despite not seeing much possession, they gave warning of their threat in the 26th minute. FK Crvena zvezda midfielder Darko Lazović hooked in a cross that a back-peddling Luka Milunović headed over. It served as a warning to which England responded in kind, Ince, and the influential Jordan Henderson, both both going close before the break.

A great run by debutant Raheem Sterling after the resumption brought the crowd alive and, after Wilfried Zaha fired at Aleksić, England's probing eventually paid off. Right-back Adam Smith nipped ahead of Milunović to a loose ball in the box and the striker brought him down. Dawson did the rest from the spot.

Zaha and substitute Andros Townsend continued to attack, but it was Milunović who next went close as he blazed over when in on goal. It was a fantastic chance and Serbia were almost to rue it two minutes later when Aleksić did well to claw away Steven Caulker's header. It will be just the one goal, though, that Serbia will need to overturn.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.38CET

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Lineups

England

England

Serbia

Serbia

1
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
1
AleksićBranimir Aleksić (GK)
2
SmithAdam Smith
4
MedojevićSlobodan Medojević (C)
Yellow Card73
3
RoseDanny Rose
5
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
4
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution46
8
LazovićDarko Lazović
Substitution79
5
CaulkerSteven Caulker
9
DespotovićDjordje Despotović
Yellow Card1
6
DawsonCraig Dawson
Goal65
11
MarkovićSaša Marković
Substitution67
7
ZahaWilfried Zaha
14
MladenovićFilip Mladenović
Yellow Card39
8
HendersonJordan Henderson (C)
15
PantićAleksandar Pantić
Yellow Card6
9
SordellMarvin Sordell
Substitution78
16
MilunovićLuka Milunović
10
InceThomas Ince
19
MilivojevićLuka Milivojević
11
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Yellow Card7
Substitution66
22
MalbašićFilip Malbašić
Substitution60

Substitutes

13
SteeleJason Steele (GK)
12
KirovskiAleksandar Kirovski (GK)
12
BennettRyan Bennett
2
KosanovićMiloš Kosanović
14
LeesTom Lees
3
PetkovićMarko Petković
15
LoweJason Lowe
Substitution46
7
MudrinskiOgnjen Mudrinski
16
McEachranJosh McEachran
10
ČaušićGoran Čaušić
Substitution67
17
TownsendAndros Townsend
Substitution66
17
KojićNemanja Kojić
Substitution79
18
WickhamConnor Wickham
Substitution78
18
JojićMiloš Jojić
Substitution60

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Aleksandar Janković (SRB)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Daniel Siebert (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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