Euro 2024: Slovenia-Serbia, 1-1

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What a match! Slovenia came tantalizingly close to making history by defeating Serbia in this crucial Euro 2024 encounter, but their former neighbors fought valiantly until the final whistle, equalizing with a header from ex-Benfica star Luka Jovic in the dying moments of the game. This result leaves Group C wide open and sets up an exciting finale. The match was filled with high intensity, both on the field and in the stands, from the first minute to the 95th.

Serbia Under Pressure

Following their 0-1 loss to England in their opening match, Serbia entered this Thursday’s clash under immense pressure to secure points and keep their hopes alive for advancing to the round of 16. Under the leadership of Dragan Stojkovic, Serbia started aggressively, with Zivkovic and Mladenovic on the wings and captain Dusan Tadic orchestrating play in the center, supporting Vlahovic and Mitrovic up front.

Slovenian Resilience

Despite Serbia’s early intensity, Slovenia displayed the defensive solidity that earned them a draw against Denmark (1-1). Serbia pushed forward eagerly in the opening minutes, testing Slovenia’s defense relentlessly, but the Slovenians held firm, gradually gaining control of the game and posing their threats. By the tenth minute, Slovenia had asserted dominance on the field while Serbia regrouped.

Opportunities and Drama

Slovenia capitalized on Serbia’s desperation to break the deadlock, creating several clear chances. Cerin and Mlakar tested Rajkovic with shots from a distance, and Elsnik came closest with a powerful strike that rattled the Serbian goalpost just before halftime. Sesko attempted to follow up on the rebound but missed over the crossbar.

Serbia struggled to create clear opportunities but came close when Vlahovic’s diving header from Zivkovic’s cross mirrored João Vieira Pinto’s iconic goal against England in Euro 2000.

Intense Until the Final Whistle

The halftime break came with the match finely poised, with both teams eager for victory. Serbia continued to press forward, making tactical changes by substituting Mladenovic to inject fresh energy with Gacinovic on the left. Despite Mitrovic threatening Oblak’s goal, Slovenia remained resilient, with Sesko testing Rajkovic again with a well-placed shot.

The game remained wide open as Slovenia sought to consolidate their lead, while Serbia pushed harder, risking everything to salvage a draw.

Late Drama and Heroics

With the match nearing its end, Serbia won a corner kick. Rajkovic joined the attack, and in a dramatic moment, Jovic, the former Benfica and Real Madrid forward, rose above the defenders to score a crucial header.


Jovic’s late equalizer sparked jubilation among Serbian fans and left Slovenians, with two points from two games, anxious about their prospects. The result keeps Group C wide open heading into the final round of matches, regardless of the outcome between England and Denmark.

Man of the Match: Zan Karnicnik

Zan Karnicnik, 29, known for consistently performing in the Slovenian league with clubs like Maribor, Mura, and Celje, stood out at the Munich Arena. His defensive prowess and attacking contributions, including the build-up to Slovenia’s goal, highlighted his impact on the match.

This Euro 2024 clash between Slovenia and Serbia showcased thrilling football and set the stage for an exciting conclusion in Group C.

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