Stojkovic admits Serbia should’ve been ‘smarter’ in 3-3 Cameroon draw
Dragan Stojkovic believes his side was naive in letting Cameroon come back from 3-1 down to a 3-3 draw against Serbia.
In a thrilling match that sawCameroon
come back from a 2-goal deficit loss to finish in a draw thanks to a Chuopo-Moting equalizer, Serbia coach Stojkovic was annoyed with his players to give away their advantage so easily.
Stojkovic blamed the result on two defensive mistakes, as he said:
"We controlled the match and played the way we can but these two mistakes were decisive. This should not happen but due to the fatigue and a lack of concentration it's a draw. We should have finished the match in a smarter way."
With this result, the two teams have a point going into the final match of the group stage.Serbia
’s eyes will be fixed on the Brazil vs Switzerland match as the fight to qualify alongside Brazil will likely happen between Serbia and Switzerland who play each other in matchday 3.
"We have a chance,"
"We seem to like the difficult road in order to achieve a goal.
"We have to be more concentrated, especially in defence. Such mistakes should not happen or repeated any more."
On the opposite side, Cameroon coach Rigobert Song was happy with his team’s performance and the manner of their comeback, as he said:
"That’s part of our DNA. It was missing in the first match [against Switzerland] but we tried to show it today.
"What was important for this match was to show that fighting spirit, that great determination and that’s what we saw in a very committed performance."
Man of the match Aboubakar pointed to Morocco’s win over Belgium as their inspiration for the comeback, saying:
"We saw how Morocco played and we realised you have to play with great determination if you want to win games at this tournament.
"When I came on, I tried to enjoy it and tried to make the right runs on the last defender and they found it hard to follow me."
He went on to comment on his absence from the starting line-up in Cameroon’s both matches despite being the captain, saying:
"Being captain is not a big deal. When I play for Cameroon I try to do my best and to win the game. Whoever is captain it doesn’t really matter. You have to play for the team."
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