Serbia U21 vs Cyprus U21 by Neuro
Serbia didn't find their way to the previous European Championship held in Israel, although they were pretty regular at that level in previous years. However, with a new generation stepping up, they have remained with the same targets which will be qualifying for the Euro this time, although the group won't be easy at all with the biggest rivals being Italy and Belgium.
Having that in mind, Serbian side have no much space for mistakes as every setback might be a crucial one. Still, they have entered the qualification phase in a best possible way, with a 4:1 victory at home over FYR Macedonia back in August. All five goals were scored in the second half as Djurdjevic opened the scoreline in 48th minute, with Jojic adding the second one in 58th while the guests reduced few minutes later. Even so, home side proved to be much more stronger with two more goals, from Mrkela and Stojiljkovic in last twenty minutes of the game. In front of tonight's game, there is no other option for the home side but new three points, while the stands will be empty due to UEFA punishment.
Cyprus, on the other side, doesn't have much of a history when speaking about youth teams and their chances of reaching something positive into this group are minimal ones once again. They have already played two matches in this qualifying phase, losing 2:0 to Belgium, but have bounced back with a 3:0 victory over Northern Ireland at home.
Things to be even better for them, they got a victory in a friendly match against Romania 2:0 on the road back in August. Still, it's hard to see them managing to compete against three top teams in the group (Italy, Serbia and Belgium). One of the main reasons for Cypriot youth teams not having enough quality to compete with the best European sides is that their domestic league is full of foreign players and young, domestic players are often not even given a proper chance in their teams. However, the team hopes for a positive result, which surely would be a draw too, although reality might bite them back tonight.
Home side should be able to get a two goal difference even in the worst scenario, as they are once again full of the players who are playing abroad in some of the best European leagues, which is a huge difference in comparison to modest Cypriot side.