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Sunday night Mitrovic – BBC Sport ‘There is a really top-rate target man in there somewhere.’

2 years ago
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A crucial night for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Serbia, falling behind to Wales on Sunday evening in a vital World Cup qualifier.

Aaron Ramsey giving Wales a first-half lead with a well taken penalty.

Earlier in the day Ireland (Daryl Murphy came on in the second-half at 0-1) managed a draw at home to Austria which had at least temporarily put them top of group D by one point.

Starved of service all night, the 73rd minute saw Mitrovic get his first chance, with BBC pundit John Hartson declaring “It’s a wonderful finish…He hasn’t had a chance all night and that’s what top players do – one chance and one goal.”

However, he also felt that 90 seconds(!) of celebrations was worth at least a booking…

The game ended 1-1 but in the 89th minute Mitrovic could have taken things to another level but according to BBC Sport ‘Aleksandar Mitrovic is steaming on to the cross, eyes wide shut!’ and put the chance…wide.

BBC Sport adding ‘There is a really top-rate target man in there somewhere.’

Something that many Newcastle fans would agree with, Mitrovic having now scored seven goals in his last seven internationals, despite only four goals in the Championship last season.

BBC Sport:

’73 Minutes.

You can’t say that wasn’t coming.

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who equalised in the meeting in Wales, strikes to do the same again.

Ben Davies gambles to try and cut a pass out, misses it, and Aleksandar Prijovic is in on goal, he has the awareness to slide in Mitrovic on the overlap, he skips past Ashley Williams and buries with his left foot.

MASSIVE celebrations. Flares, the works.’

John Hartson:

“It’s a wonderful finish but I just wonder if the referee will book Aleksandar Mitrovic – it’s about 90 seconds of celebrating.

“No, the referee is not even interested in booking him.

“He hasn’t had a chance all night and that’s what top players do – one chance and one goal.”

BBC Sport:

‘89 minutes.

That is a chance! yet another great ball in, Aleksandar Mitrovic is steaming on to the cross, eyes wide shut!

He gets a great leap in, Wayne Hennessey doesn’t know whether to stick or twist, head it…WIDE!

There is a really top-rate target man in there somewhere.’

Only the top team in each group automatically goes through, with the best eight runners-up in the nine European groups being drawn in play-offs with four winners of those games also qualifying for Russia next year.

Group D table now looks like this:

12 Serbia (GD +6)

12 R. of Ireland (+4)

8 Wales (+4)

8 Austria (+1)

3 Georgia (-4)

2 Moldova (-11)

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