Aleksandar Mitrovic scored an audacious lob for Serbia, as they opened their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign with a win against Republic of Ireland.
Mitrovic has scored just twice in the Premier League this season, from 23 appearances with Fulham, however on Wednesday he belied that poor form with the national team.
The 26-year-old scored twice, in Serbia's first qualifier of the campaign, but it was his first goal. and the one that put the hosts ahead, that really stole the show.
A quick counter attack from Dragan Stojkovic's side found Mitro on the right of the pitch outside the area, with Ireland goalkeeper Mark Travers off his line.
The striker took a quick look up and played a fantastic lob over the Ireland goalie, and we'll be watching this one for sometime to come.
Aleksandar Mitrovic just chipped the goalkeeper from 30 yards out pic.twitter.com/AEPhaIJ3qE- Goal (@goal) March 24, 2021
We sre not worthy.- Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) March 24, 2021
Doubt him at your own peril.
Aleksandar Mitrovic saves us for the 100th time. pic.twitter.com/AMQkeOFVD5
Mitrovic in the Premier League: 0 goals in 2021- SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) March 24, 2021
Mitrovic against Ireland... pic.twitter.com/0MomTMCE7C
#nufc ffs Mitrovic is banging in the goals again: just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...- GeordieExile (@NormanRides) March 24, 2021
Alan Browne had given Ireland the lead on 18 minutes but they unfortunately couldn't hold on to their lead until the break.
Dusan Vlahovic equalised in the 40th minute, before Mitrovic grabbed his first of the game in the 68th minute, with the beatiful chip.
Ajax midfielder Dusan Tadic grabbed his third assist of the night when he set up Mitrovic's second of the night just seven minutes later, before James Collins grabbed a consolation goal in the 86th minute.
The goals made 'Mitro' the country's joint top scorer with Stjepan Bobek on 38 goals, with Bobek representing Yugoslavia from 1946-1956.
Serbia and Ireland are likely to be playing for second place in the group, with Portugal expected to finish above them both, so the win for the hosts could be huge.
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