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Serbia beat Italy to go second

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 22.02CET
Serbia 1-0 Italy
Goran Čaušić got the decisive goal on the hour as Radovan Ćurčić's team leapfrogged their opponents into second spot in Group 9.
by Ivan Vjetrovic
from FK Metalac
Serbia beat Italy to go second
Italy's Matteo Bianchetti tussles with Darko Brašanac ©Marko Djurić

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Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 22.02CET

Serbia beat Italy to go second

Serbia 1-0 Italy
Goran Čaušić got the decisive goal on the hour as Radovan Ćurčić's team leapfrogged their opponents into second spot in Group 9.

Serbia boosted their chances of a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs by beating Italy 1-0.

Midfielder Goran Čaušić scored the winner on the hour to lift Serbia above Italy into second place and within three points of Group 9 pacesetters Belgium. The only blot on an otherwise memorable night for the hosts came when Lazar Marković received a second yellow card two minutes from time.

On the back foot for long stretches, Italy almost fell behind after 27 minutes when Darko Brašanac fired wide when well-placed inside the area. Shortly before the break, Marković sent a shot narrowly past a post after bursting forward from midfield.

Serbia continued to force the issue in the second half and their persistence prevailed as Čaušić's cross evaded its intended target and crept inside the far post. The Balkan outfit were rarely threatened in the final stages but there was reason to be anxious when Marković was sent off for two bookable offences.

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