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UEFA Euro 2024: Late Delight And Drama As Luka Jovic Salvages Point For Serbia Against Slovenia

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Luka Jovic’s last minute goal helped Serbia to force Slovenia to a 1-1 draw in the second Group c match of the UEFA Euro 2024 in Munchen on Thursday.

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Jan Oblak; Erik Janza, Jaka Bijol, Vanja Drkusic, Zan Karnicnik; Jan Mlakar, Timi Max Elsnik, Adam Gnezda Cerin, Petar Stojanovic; Benjamin Sesko, and Andraz Sporar started the game for Slovenia.

For Serbia, Predrag Rajkovic; Strahinja Pavlovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Milos Veljkovic; Filip Mladenovic, Sasa Lukic, Ivan Ilic, Andrija Zivkovic; Dusan Tadic; Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Dusan Vlahovic got starter’s shirts.

The first half ended goalless. Possessing a brilliant pace and tenacity, both sides carved out solid chances. With Cerin and Mlakar’s saved efforts from Rajkovic inside the first eight minutes, Slovenia created the same amount of chances as they had against Denmark.

There was a time where both sides looked to keep their battle confined to the middle of the park, before Serbia looked to truly wake up around the half hour mark. Vlahovic’s header forced Oblak to make a routine save.

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Then, just minutes later, a Tadic corner agonisingly flew across the face, just missing the bustling bodies in the area and skipping up past the left post. At the close of the half, there was a chance for each side to lead. Slovenia's Elsnik darted through on the right before hitting the post in the 38th minute.

Then, Mitrovic was denied by Oblak from close range after he shrugged off his marker from a Zivkovic cross.

The second half was a different kettle of fish with a goal by each sides. Serbia were silenced as right-back Karnicnik finished off his own move with aplomb from close range. He initially switched it to Elsnik and then just kept running. He wasn't tracked and the midfielder provided an excellent cross for him to tap home.

With virtually the last chance and kick of the game, Jovic headed home from a corner on the right. He rose to the delivery excellently and finds the bottom-left corner with the last action of the game.

Slovenia moved to second position in Group C with two points ahead of England's clash with Denmark later on while Serbia and Denmark have a point each.

Meanwhile...

After that opening matchday 1-1 draw, thanks to Erik Janza's strike against the Danes, Slovenia are undefeated in their last seven games in all competitions. Serbia have two wins, zero draws and three losses so far in 2024 given this latest draw.

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Both sides will hope to get their first win in their last group game next week.

Serbia faces Denmark while Slovenia meet England in the deciding group games which will show the teams that will progress to the Round of 16.

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