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Milunović leads Serbia past determined Cyprus

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 9.45CET
Serbia 2-1 Cyprus
Luka Milunović struck either side of half-time as Serbia edged an eventful match that also saw the woodwork hit twice and two red cards.
by Ivan Vjetrović
from FK Metalac Stadium
Milunović leads Serbia past determined Cyprus
Luka Milunović scored both Serbia's goals ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 9.45CET

Milunović leads Serbia past determined Cyprus

Serbia 2-1 Cyprus
Luka Milunović struck either side of half-time as Serbia edged an eventful match that also saw the woodwork hit twice and two red cards.

Luka Milunović struck twice in six minutes either side of half-time as Serbia claimed a hard-earned three points in a Group 9 meeting with Cyprus both teams ended with ten men.

The FK Crvena zvezda forward broke the deadlock just before the break, curling into the far corner, and when he met Uroš Djurdjević's perfect cross with a powerful header soon after the restart Serbia looked well on course for victory. Andreas Kyriakou caused problems throughout, however, and his header made it 2-1 before Marko Petković was promptly shown a straight red card – there were still 25 minutes left. Cyprus could not fashion an equaliser, their hopes vanishing with Kostas Laifis' second yellow card (78).

A frantic, fractious finale looked unlikely 45 minutes earlier as Serbia were bossing their opening 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier. Between Milunović's goals either side of half-time, Nikola Stoiljković had also rattled the post; but Cyprus were always in this game in Gornji Milanovac. Michael Thalassitis had also hit the woodwork just before Milunović's opener and Kyriakou's goal and Petković's dismissal for illegally halting a threatening Dimitris Froxylias attack revived hopes.

There was no equaliser, though, and after Cyprus too went down to ten men Serbia could have extended their lead but an underpar Miloš Jojić failed to capitalise in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Giorgos Loizou.

Last updated: 05/06/15 10.09CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
PerićNikola Perić (GK)
1
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
2
KovačevićAleksandar Kovačević
Yellow Card21
2
MoulazimisDimitris Moulazimis (C)
3
PetkovićMarko Petković
Red Card66
3
LaifisKostas Laifis
Yellow Card58
Red Card78
4
MijailovićSrdjan Mijailović
Yellow Card64
4
EconomouDimitris Economou
Substitution55
5
ĆosićUroš Ćosić (C)
5
ChristofidesAndreas Christofides
Yellow Card68
6
PantićAleksandar Pantić
7
EnglezouNikos Englezou
10
DjurdjevićUroš Djurdjević
Yellow Card58
Substitution77
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
Substitution46
15
SpajićUroš Spajić
Substitution62
11
KonstantinouAlex Konstantinou
Substitution46
16
MilunovićLuka Milunović
Goal41
Goal47
13
FroxyliasDimitris Froxylias
18
JojićMiloš Jojić
Yellow Card44
15
А. KyriakouAndreas Kyriakou
Goal65
21
StoiljkovićNikola Stoiljković
Substitution69
20
ThalassitisMichael Thalassitis

Substitutes

12
RajkovićPredrag Rajković (GK)
12
MytidisZannettos Mytidis (GK)
7
A. ŽivkovićAndrija Živković
6
TheodorouZacharias Theodorou
Substitution46
8
RadojaNemanja Radoja
9
K. AndreouKristis Andreou
Substitution46
9
DespotovićDjordje Despotović
10
EfthimiouNikos Efthimiou
11
KostićFilip Kostić
Substitution77
14
KrassasKyriakos Krassas
14
BrašanacDarko Brašanac
Substitution69
17
Marko CharalampousMarko Charalampous
Substitution55
20
VitasUroš Vitas
Substitution62
19
Marios CharalambousMarios Charalambous

Coach

Radovan Ćurčić (SRB) Apostolos Makridis (CYP)

Referee

Sandor Szabo (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Oszkar Lemon (HUN)

Fourth official

Ádám Farkas (HUN)

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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