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movic scored late in extra time
to give Serbia a surprise 2--1 win
over Brazil yesterday in the final
of the Under-20 World Cup.
The match seemed headed for
a penalty shootout when Serbia
counterattacked in the 117th minute
and Stefan Ilic combined with
Andrija Zivkovic to put Maksi-
movic in behind the defence and
he calmly slotted his low shot past
The victory, and Serbia s first
title as an independent nation,
owed much to goalkeeper and cap-
tain Pedrag Rajkovic who pulled
off a series of saves to repeatedly
deny Brazil the victory.
"I can tell you we were lucky,"
Serbia coach Veljko Paunovic said.
"But luck is a part of the game
and you have to deserve to be
lucky. At the end I believe the team
that wanted to win most would
win this trophy and we got it."
Brazil entered the final having
gone 502 minutes without con-
ceding a goal but that ended 70
minutes into the final when Stanisa
Mandic swept home Maskimovic s
cross at the far post.
Brazil equalised within two min-
utes as Andreas Pereira weaved
past defenders before curling in a
shot for a superb goal, but the
favorites could not find a second
throughout the remainder of reg-
ulation and extra time as Rajkovic
stood tall in goal.
Brazil s "next generation" was
chasing a sixth U20 title. Before
the match, influential Brazil mid-
fielder Gabriel Boschilia said the
team was "trying to restore the
image of Brazilian football" after
the senior team s 7--1 loss at home
against Germany in last year s
World Cup semifinals.
"The world lost a little respect
for our country s players after what
happened at the 2014 World Cup,
so we want to show them that we
can still produce the goods," he
Brazil coach Rogerio Micale con-
soled his players individually after
the match and urged them not to
give up on their task of rebuilding
Torrential rain doused the third-
place playoff between Mali and
Senegal---won 3--1 by Mali---but
abated before the start of the final,
which was played in dry conditions
until a spectacular but short-lived
cloudburst swept over North Har-
bour Stadium during extra time.
Brazil made most of the early
play but found the Serbia defence,
pivoting around Rajkovic, as tena-
cious as its own. Jean Carlos had
the first real chance of the match
in the tenth minute, striking a
powerful shot from the edge of
the area which elicited a superb
save from Rajkovic.
Brazil probed on both flanks and
in the 20th minute Gabriel Jesus
broke free of his marker on the
right, cut inside and fired a low
shot which Rajkovic again repelled.
Jaoa Pedro showed his pace and
attacking prowess in the 25th
minute when he broke through
midfield, controlled the ball under
pressure and got in a shot which
again found Rajkovic in position.
Ivan Saponjic had Serbia s first
direct shot on goal in the 32nd
minute but his effort from long
range was easily gathered by Jean.
The Brazil keeper was called on
again two minutes later to stop
Sergei Milinkovic s strong shot.
Serbia s best chance came just
before the break from a corner on
the right which was headed back
from the far post to Malinkovic
whose header was saved by Jean
diving low to his left.
After the exchange of goals,
Pereira came close with his free
kick in the last minute of regular
time. Brazil had a further chance
to clinch the match at the end of
the first period of extra time but,
with Rajkovic beaten and the ball
pin-balling in front of goal, the
Brazilians couldn t find the decisive
Maksimovic fired a powerful
shot inches above the right corner
of goal in the third minute of the
second period and Rajkovic tipped
Joao Pedro s effort over the bar.
Lewis Hamilton found a bit of extra
speed when it mattered most to secure
pole position for Formula One s Aus-
trian Grand Prix, where the British
driver starts from the front for the
seventh time in eight races this season
and 45th in his career.
After edging his Mercedes team-
mate Nico Rosberg in a spectacular end
to qualifying yesterda, Hamilton said
"when it counted I did what I need to
The defending champion left it very
late to clock a best lap of one minute,
8.455 seconds to beat Rosberg s leading
mark by 0.20, and his latest pole put
him in all-time equal third place along-
side four-time champion Sebastian
Vettel, who was third fastest for Fer-
"I d much rather have his champi-
onships than the pole positions," said
Hamilton, who is eyeing a third F1 title.
"I m working on that."
It also completed a calendar year of
poles for Mercedes, who were last beat-
en to pole here last year by Williams
driver Felipe Massa.
After finishing quickest in the second
and third practice runs, Vettel was
hopeful but he qualified .355 behind
Hamilton, while Massa was .737 adrift
Vettel joked that he was trying to
find new ways to catch Mercedes ---
right down to changing his music selec-
Asked what he was listening to on
his headphones, the 27-year-old Ger-
man quipped that it was Help from the
Beatles. "I need help, they re too quick,"
After beating Rosberg s time --- but
with Rosberg still having time for
another lap --- Hamilton went out again
with only one minute left. It went
wrong as he locked his rear tires, span
his car backward and flew into grav-
el.Rosberg was hoping to beat Hamilton
in qualifying for only the second time
this season after securing pole at last
month s Spanish GP.
However, having gone faster in sector
two, Rosberg then lost it on the final
turn of his last lap, veering too wide
left and skidding up a bank before halt-
ing in the gravel.
The German driver looked furious
when he climbed out of his car, shaking
his head in disbelief before walking
back to the pit lane.
Rosberg, who has won two races this
season to Hamilton s four, trails him
by 17 points overall.
SPEILBERG---Jenson Button will join
his McLaren team-mate Fernando
Alonso at the back of the grid for the
Austrian Grand Prix after taking a 25-
place penalty for having a power unit
change ahead of today s race.
Both drivers have now taken their
fifth engines, and teams are allowed
only four per driver for the season
before incurring penalties.
"It s a little bit sad for Formula One
to have two world champions like Jen-
son and Fernando sitting at the back
of the grid," McLaren racing director
Eric Boullier said.
"I m sure we re going to have a new
record (for used engines) in the Guin-
ness Book of Records at the end of the
season," the Frenchman joked.
Button will get additional time penal-
ties during the race since he won t be
able to start from lower than 20th.
McLaren has struggled all season
since making the transition back to
Honda engines, and has scored just
four points so far through Button s
eighth-place finish in Monaco last
Alonso, who has retired from the
past three races, also had his power
unit changed on Friday and dropped
Serbia beats Brazil
2--1 to lift title
FIFA WORLD UNDER-20 CUP
fast for Rosberg
FORMULA ONE NEWS
Struggling McLaren driver Button
hit with 25-place grid penalty
Technicians prepare the car of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton during the
qualifying session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Red Bull Ring in
Spielberg, southern Austria, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Serbian players celebrate after defeating Brazil 2--1 in extra time to win the Under-20 soccer World Cup final
in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. Two Brazilian players looks on in dissapointment after the match
ended. AP PHOTO
FIFA UNDER-20 GLANCE
ROUND OF 16
Wednesday, June 10
Mali 3, Ghana 0
United States 1,
Serbia 2, Hungary 1, ET
Senegal 1, Ukraine 1, ET,
Senegal advanced 3-1 on
Uzbekistan 2, Austria 0
Germany 1, Nigeria 0
Portugal 2, New Zealand
1Brazil 0, Uruguay 0, ET,
Brazil advanced 5-4 on
Brazil 0, Portugal 0, ET,
Brazil advanced 3-1 on
Mali 1, Germany 1, ET,
Mali advanced 4-3 on
Serbia 0, United States
0, ET, Serbia advanced
6-5 on penalties
Senegal 1, Uzbekistan 0
Brazil 5, Senegal 0
Serbia 2, Mali 1, ET
Mali 3, Senegal 1
Serbia 2, Brazil 1, ET
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