Luxembourg's national team ultimately ended up losing 1-3 to Serbia in Tuesday's Euro 2020 qualifiers despite a decent performance.
Broadly speaking, the Red Lions did not play that badly on Tuesday night. The team displayed enterprising attacks, and were courageous with their efforts. They were creative, all in all proving that they were an equal partner against the Serbs.
Two standout efforts were witnessed at Stade Josy Barthel, having a header turned over the bar and striking the woodwork.
However, the truth of the matter was that Luxembourg paid a steep price for the times the team was lacking in concentration.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was a unmarked, able to head easily past Luxembourg's goalie Anthony Moris after 35 minutes of a well-balanced match. In truth the goal had been coming. Though the Lions were attacking well, Serbia's nous with the ball had opened holes in Luxembourg's defensive lines.
After the half-time break, left-winger Nemanja Randonjic took advantage of another defensive error, to get tuck another past Moris and after 55 minutes, the odds were not in Luxembourg's as the trailed 0-2.
And yet, Luc Holtz's substitutes were able to react to the Serb's apparent advantage. Daniel Da Mota's corner set up David Turpel's goal on the 66 minute mark, giving the Luxembourg side a glimmer of hope. Turpel's goal was then followed by a number of attempts to score, which unfortunately did not succeed.
The final nail in the coffin came as Mitrovic took advantage of another costly defensive mistake to fire the ball into the Luxembourg goal with twelve minutes left to play.
The highlights from the second half of the match.
With Serbia winning 1-3, Holtz's team will have to work harder to avoid these mistakes in their upcoming October match against Portugal.
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Mitrovic's first goal (0-1)
Radonjic's goal (0-2)
Turpel's goal (1-2)