Yes, it’s true. Not even a goal from Manchester United’s bright star Andreas Pereira was enough to stop the mighty Serbian underdogs from lifting their second U-20 World Cup trophy. After ending the regulation time with a 1-1 draw, the match steadily went into extra time. After 28 more minutes, a very late goal from Maksimović came, which definitely decided the winner.
Heavy rain and strong winds have caused troubles in New Zealand for three days before the final two matches, and even though fans were soaked during the earlier match for third place, fortunately, the rain had stopped by the time Brazil and Serbia kicked off.
Brazil had much better chances in the first half with Jean Carlos and Gabriel producing two amazing saves from Serbia’s captain Predrag Rajković.
Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić was unlucky, as he failed to score in the first half’s stoppage time, when his header got saved well by Jean. The Brazil’s goalkeeper, who had not conceded a goal since their second match in their group against Hungary, was finally beaten when Staniša Mandić scored an incredible goal in the 70th minute to end Jean’s streak at 571 minutes.
Brazil’s equaliser with Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira leveled the match just three minutes later.
Pereira was the one who came on in the 65th minute as a substitute for Boschilia, who was visibly tired. He calmed down his entire team when he managed to place the ball past Rajković’s left hand.
Rajković made yet another amazing save later on in extra time before his team mates started a counter attack after which Maksimović was left one-on-one with Jean. Fortunately for the Europeans, he calmly scored a goal, placing the ball between Jean’s legs, ending Brazil’s hopes of a sixth world title.
Serbian coach Veljko Paunović said: “They can get to the top of the world. I can tell you in this generation there is a lot of good players that in the next 10 years will play in the best games in the world. This is the time for this generation to grow up and say farewell to youth football and this is the best way to do it. All they have to is focus on the next 10 years.”