September 06, 2011: UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier, Group C:

Serbia - Faroe Islands 3-1 (2-1)
1-0 Milan Jovanovic '6
2-0 Zoran Tosic '23
2-1 Fróði Benjaminsen '37
3-1 Zdravko Kuzmanovic '69

The Faroe Islands got off to a bad start when they conceded after only 6 minutes after a communication failure between the goalkeeper and the defence. Serbia attacked down the left hand side and Aleksandar Kolarov put in a high cross which goalkeeper René Tórgarð hesitated to come out to collect while the defenders were just watching which allowed Milan Jovanovic to head over the goalkeeper and into the empty goal.

Most of Serbia’s attacks were down the left hand side and midway through the first half it was again Kolarov who put in a low cross that Zoran Tosic bombarded into the back of the net with a first-timer as he got in front of the defender just inside the penalty area.

A few minutes later Hjalgrím Elttør cut inside and had a long range effort that ended in the back of a player however, but it proved that the Serbian defence was a bit careless.

That carelessness was evident after 37 minutes when the Faroes pulled a goal back. Christian Lamhauge Holst’s pass over the Serbian defence played Fróði Benjaminsen clear who finished clinically from an acute angle. This was the captain’s 5th in the national shirt.

A few minutes before halftime Serbia combined well to play Jovanovic clear, but Tórgarð saved well from the acute angle.

Shortly after, Jóan Símun Edmundsson had time for a fine shot from long range, but it went just wide of the far post.

Serbia almost increased the lead immediately after the restart when Atli Gregersen miss-hit the ball in an attempted clearance, but luckily Serbia blasted the ball high over the goal.

A couple of minutes later, Tórgarð dived to parry a shot from long range.

But around 25 minutes into the half, irresolute defending allowed Zdravko Kuzmanovic to aim from 25 metres and score with a well placed shot just inside the post.

Serbia could have made it four just moments later, but Tórgarð came well out of his goal to save from the clear Jovanovic.

In the last five minutes of the match the Faroes twice survived the scare when first Tošić hit the post after some fine dribbles and when Kolarov five minutes later hit the inside of the far post.

This was the Faroe Islands last match of this qualifying campaign which yielded 4 points from 10 matches. It will be deemed as an ok tally, but the 3 points that were lost in added time away to Estonia will be rued. 7 points would have looked so much better.

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