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Serbia’s Mitrovic Scores In 2-1 Defeat By France

10:53 pm, Monday, September 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 1 Comment

France had their second win in a row tonight when they beat Serbia 2-1 in Belgrade, after going two goals up before Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic pulled one back for the home side just before half time in this friendly.

France manager Didier Deschamps made six changes to the side that beat Portugal 1-0 on Friday night. and Moussa Sissoko was a very late substitute for France to get his 31st cap.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic in action tonight

France started the game impressively and it was end to end stuff at the beginning, but after just 10 minutes Blaise Matuidi headed France in the lead when he headed the ball downwards and into the goal from a good Bacary Sagna cross from the right wing.

France almost went two up through Olivier Giroud, and it took a brilliant save from Serbia goalkeeper Rajkovic after 15 minutes to keep the ball out.

Two minutes later it was Lloris who saved well from Gudelj but then France went two up.

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Blaise Matuidi – scored two good goals tonight

Matuidi hit the ball on the volley from a partial clearance by the Serbian defense, and the ball went screaming into the top corner of the net for a superb goal from the PSG midfielder.

Just before the half it was Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic back on the goal trail,  as he poked the ball home from about 7 yards out, after Lazar Markovic had hit the ball well in the penalty box.

It was 2-1 at the half.

Griezmann should have made it 3-1 after 52 minutes,  but his shot hit the post and he was beaten to the rebound by the Serbian defense.

There were no more goals in the second half.

Near the end of the game Moussa Sissoko came on in place of 24 year-old Antione Griezmann, who got a good round of applause from the French supporters for a game full of creativity.

Comments welcome.

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  • 1 Howay50 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Ashley out!!

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