Monday, 11 June 2007

U21 Euro 2007: Serbia stun Azzurrini

Groub B - Matchday 1
Serbia 1-0 Italy (De Goffert Stadion, Nijmegen)
Serbia seized the early initiative in the European Under-21 Championship Group B as Dejan Milovanovic's fine second-half strike earned three points against five-time winners Italy in Nijmegen.

In what is widely considered the oldest city in the Netherlands, the new generation of continental superstars showed how one of football's strongest traditions - the failure to take chances proving costly - still holds true in the modern game.

Italy spurned three excellent first-half opportunities and were made to pay 18 minutes into the second half when Milovanovic, one of four Serbia players on show who were involved in the 2004 final defeat by Italy, drilled in the only goal from distance.

Italy next play a crucial game against England, who drew 0-0 against Czech Republic, on Thursday. Group leaders Serbia play the Czechs.

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