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Tuesday, 13 June, 2000, 22:54 GMT 23:54 UK
Super-sub Milosevic happy to be hero
Savo Milosevic
Savo Milosevic celebrates after scoring against Slovenia
Two-goal hero Savo Milosevic admitted he had given up hope of a point when his team went three goals down to Slovenia in Charleroi.

The Yugoslav striker came off the bench to bag two goals as his team fought back with three goals in six minutes and earn a vital point in Group C.

Zlatko Zahovic and Miran Tavlin had put Slovenia 3-0 ahead and Yugoslavia found themselves down to 10 men when Sinisa Mihajlovic was sent off for a second bookable offence.



We didn't under-estimate them, but we forgot to work hard

Savo Milosevic

But Milosevic's double and a strike from Ljubinko Drulovic pegged the Slovenians back.

Milosevic said: "To be honest, when the game went to 3-0 I didn't think we could get back into it. It was only after we scored our second goal that I began to believe again.

"I saw it on their faces that they were losing confidence, and that was the most important thing for us.

"It was the most important moment of the whole game and maybe we missed the chance of victory in the last 10 minutes."

The former Villa striker, now playing in Spain with Real Zaragoza, came off the bench to replace Darko Kovacevic in the 52nd minute and made an enormous impact with two simple goals from close range.

Milosevic said: "I have to say I'm quite satisfied right now, even though for an hour the game was an absolute disaster.

"We didn't under-estimate them, but we forgot to work hard and in the last five years we have learnt that to succeed in European football you have to work hard. Only then can your personal qualities come through."


Vujadin Boskov
Boskov is delighted with Yugoslavia's comeback

Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec was proud of the way his players had performed on their debut in a major tournament, but naturally disappointed to have surrendered a three goal cushion.

Katanec, a Slovenian who played for Yugoslavia before independence 10 years ago, said: "The players are not happy in the dressing-room, but maybe in future it might not seem as bad.

"We will sit down and analyse the match and maybe see where the mistakes happened."

Yugoslavia coach Vujadin Boskov, Katanec's former coach at club and country, paid tribute to the Slovenia boss after the match.

Boskov said: "For the first 60 minutes they were much better than us and if we had played like that for the rest of the game we would surely have lost.

"We under-estimated them, but Katanec prepared his team very well.

"He played with one striker and counter-attacked and scored three goals that way.

"You could criticise my players for the way they played in the first half, but not for their performance in the second half."

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