| BELGRADE, June 3
BELGRADE, June 3 Serbia's Spanish coach Javier
Clemente praised his team following the 2-0 Group A win in
Finland on Saturday that kept them very much in the hunt to
reach the Euro 2008 finals.
"We controlled the game very well after scoring the early
goal and sealed it in the closing stages. I am really pleased
with the performance," Clemente said.
The 57-year old Basque singled out debutants Antonio
Rukavina, Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Milan Jovanovic, who wrapped up
Serbia's win with a fine finish after coming on midway through
the second half.
"Rukavina is so young and he played like he had a wealth of
experience, Jovanovic did a great job while Kuzmanovic was also
very impressive," he said.
The result left Serbia level with second-placed Portugal on
14 points from seven matches but behind on goal difference while
leaders Poland have 19 from eight after coming from behind to
win 3-1 at bottom team Azerbaijan.
Finland remain fourth on 11 points from seven matches, four
ahead of fifth-placed Belgium, who have a very slim chance after
a 2-1 home defeat to Portugal.
Centre back Nemanja Vidic believes the Finns too are
effectively out of the picture but acknowledged Serbia still had
a lot of work to do finish in the top two.
"We have one team less to worry about and that's Finland.
However, we are a still have a long way to go and it's going to
be an uphill struggle because we're up against Poland and
Portugal," he said.
"If we can repeat this kind of performance consistently we
have a fair chance of reaching next year's finals."
Serbia's next match is away to Belgium on Aug 22.