Nemanja Maksimovic scored a dramatic extra time winner to see Serbia beat Brazil 2-1 to win the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand yesterday.
It was a cagey opening half with both sides struggling to create opportunities in attack. Neither side ventured too far forward early on, and when they did find an opening, the shots on goal were poor.
Consequently, the first half ended goalless.
Serbia took the lead in the 70th minute. Maksimovic burst into the Brazilian penalty area down that right-hand side and chipped a delicate cross to the back post.
Stanisa Mandic drifted in from the left-hand side, taking advantage of some slack defending by Joao Carlos, to sweep home from inside the six yard box, 1-0.
The lead didn’t last long, though, with Brazil finding an equaliser three minutes later. Andreas Pereira produced a moment of individual magic to level the scores.
Having come on as a substitute less than 10 minutes earlier, Brazil’s number 18 worked his way into the Serbian penalty area and cut inside onto his right foot before placing the ball with wonderful precision past Rajkovic in the Serbian goal, 1-1.
Neither side could find a winner in regulation time and the game moved into an additional 30 minutes.
With both teams tiring in extra-time, chances on goal were few and far between until Serbia grabbed the win two minutes from time.
Maksimovic wrote his name into the history books with his late strike, which came after a long-busting run with just three minutes remaining. Zivkovic’s through ball found the onrushing No8 who, after glancing at the assistant referee to check he was onside, poked the ball past Jean to seal a historic victory for the Serbs.

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