Newcastle fans really enjoyed it last night when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the dramatic equalizer in Cardiff to get a 1-1 draw for Serbia, after it has looked like a first half Gareth Bale goal would give Wales all 3 points.
But it wasn’t to be and after he scored Mitro rushed over to the sidelines to celebrate with the coaches – he was the hero of Serbia last night.
We should also say he had control of himself last night during the game, where he didn’t get much service, but when he got one chance late in the game – like any good striker – he took it.
Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates his late goal
Chelsea full-back and Serbia captain Branislav Ivanovic was happy with the point, since Serbia remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying Group D with 8 points.
The Chelsea defender played under Benitez in 2013, when Rafa took them on to win the Europa League after he was famously only the “interim” manager of the club, after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 in the final and Benfica was the team who had eliminated Newcastle in the competition.
After the game last night Ivanovic praised Mitrovic for his late goal and also complimented Rafa Benitez, who he thinks can make Mitro into a top player.
This is what Branislav said about Mitro:
“He can improve a lot and we hope so, because as a country we need that leader up front,”
“He has a great manager who is good with young talent. He can learn every day, he just needs to be strong.”
Serbia are second to the Republic of Ireland in Group D, and Martin O’Neill’s side had a famous 1-0 win in Austria yesterday – their first win against that country in a long 53 years.