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Serbia snatched a last-minute 1-1 draw against Slovenia in Group C of Euro 2024

Former Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic scored in the seventh minute of added time, helping Serbia draw 1-1 with Slovenia in Group C of Euro 2024.

Serbia snatched a last-minute 1-1 draw against Slovenia in Group C of Euro 2024

In the extra time of the second half, the camera constantly turned to Serbian fans. However, they no longer had the mood to notice their worried faces appearing on the big screen, a few people were holding their heads thinking about the prospect of their team suffering a second consecutive defeat. Outside the field, coach Dragan Stojkovic sat on the sidelines, seemingly praying for a miracle. In the seventh minute of added time, the last play of the match, from a corner, Jovic jumped up and, despite being sandwiched between two Slovenian defenders, he still managed to head the ball towards the left corner of the goal. Slovenia’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who had performed excellently throughout the match, could only stand helplessly watching the ball enter the net.

This was a cruel ending for Oblak and his teammates. Slovenia had played better and deservedly took the lead thanks to defender Zan Karnicnik. The situation occurred in the 69th minute. Despite being fatigued, Karnicnik still managed to steal the ball at his own half and fooled a Serbian player. Then, he sprinted up like a “lungless man” to receive a cross from Timi Elsnik, before tapping the ball close to the goal, to the surprise of the Serbian defense and goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.

Oblak and the Slovenian players collapsed on the field after the goal. They were only seconds away from their first victory in Euro history. More importantly, winning three points would have allowed Slovenia to have one hand on the ticket to the next round, as they had earned one point in the opening match against Denmark. Conversely, Jovic and the Serbian players exploded in joy near the corner flag. In the stands, Serbian fans celebrated, releasing pent-up emotions after being teased by Slovenian fans for minutes.

Oblak deserved to be the best player of the match. With his excellent saves, demonstrating the class of one of Europe’s top goalkeepers for many years, the Slovenian captain disheartened the Serbian strikers. The most disappointed was probably Aleksandar Mitrovic. The top scoring striker in Serbian national team history had at least two face-to-face encounters but could not beat Oblak. Moreover, Mitrovic missed two other close-range finishing opportunities when he showed his strength in attacking, including a situation where he hit the post after Serbia conceded a goal.

After being criticized in the opening match, coach Stojkovic brought Dusan Tadic back to the starting lineup and gave him the captain’s armband. The presence of the midfielder, who has played in the English Premier League, brought some bright spots to Serbia’s play. But that was not enough. Possessing two highly rated strikers, Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic, Serbia’s attacks were quite monotonous. It wasn’t until the 27th minute that they had their first shot from Vlahovic’s header, followed by a sliding finish from Vlahovic.

On the other hand, Slovenia showed that their second half performance in the draw against Denmark was not temporary. The team under coach Matjaz Kek possesses technically skilled midfielders who can break through and create variability. Slovenia could have opened the score in the first half if Elsnik’s shot did not hit the post, or if Benjamin Sesko’s rebound was more accurate instead of sending the ball skyward.

With one point after two matches, Slovenia still has a chance to advance. But the goal of winning points against England in the final round will be very difficult. Meanwhile, snatching a point at the last minute will boost Serbia’s morale for the final match against Denmark. This is likely to be a decisive match for the ticket to the next round between the two teams as Denmark also has one point and will face England in the second round.

Goals

Slovenia: Karnicnik (69′)

Serbia: Jovic (90’+5)

Line-ups

Slovenia: Oblak; Karnicnik, Drkusic, Bijol, Janza; Stojanovic (Verbic 76′), Cerin, Elsnik (Brekalo 90’+1), Mlakar (Stankovic 64′); Sporar, Sesko (Vipotnik 76′).

Serbia: Rajkovic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic; Mladenovic (Gacinovic 46′), Lukic (Milinkovic-Savic 64′), Ilic, Zivkovic (Birmancevic 82′); Vlahovic (Jovic 64′), Tadic (Samardzic 82′), Mitrovic.

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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