Monday, June 04, 2007

We're back in business

I was afraid somewhat that our Euro 2008 qualifier in Helsinki against Finland after the Kazakhstan fiasco. We were missing Žigić and when I heard that our President Boris Tadić, a notorious jinx for our sportsmen, will attend the game I thought it was basically a lost cause.

Instead our national team has shown the best performance in years. The defence lead by Krstajić and Vidić was rock-solid. The midfield was finally penetrating in attack and with clear ideas in general and Boško Janković added more attacking options. The 4-3-2-1 formation was a stunning success and the debutant Kuymanović in the playmaker a la Pirlo was a brilliant solution. Other two first-timers, Rukavina and Jovanović, were also very good. The former made our right side devastating while the latter scored on the debut, but more then the goal itself it was the manner in which it was scored: getting past the defender and poking the ball under the on-rushing goalkeeper. On a negative note, the attack on the left side is still our Achille's heel, Krasić is not left-footed and it's an obstacle when he is forced towards the goal-line.

In any case, this is the recipe for the game in Belgium, another must-win in August.

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