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Friday, 2 June, 2000, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Critics savage Yugoslavia displays
Dejan Stankovic
Stankovic: Singled out for a poor display
Yugoslavia's preparations for Euro 2000 are proceeding under a darkening cloud amid some heated criticism from the country's press.

After two lacklustre 0-0 draws against South Korea on the team's Asian tour, the coach Vujadin Boskov and the team will not be relishing the prospect of reading the papers ahead of the championships.

Strong words

Belgrade daily newspaper Sportski Zurnal had strong words for almost all of the team.

"The midfield is slow, the forwards cut off and the defence is shaky every time it comes under pressure," it said.

One of the most popular daily papers, Blic, had suggested that Yugoslavia's goalkeepers had once again spared the team an embarrassing defeat.

Defence is shaky every time it comes under pressure

Blic, Yugoslav newspaper

Even the versatile midfielder Dejan Stankovic came under fire. He was accused of having "disappointed completely," despite playing just half the game.

Boskov was a little more bouyant about the country's prospects, insisting anything other than defeat away from home was a good result.

And he vowed to take the team to the European Championship final.

Yugoslavia beat China 2-0 in Beijing in their opening match of the tour and face Hong Kong on Saturday in their final warm-up game before they kick off in the tournament against Slovenia on June 13.

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30 May 00 | Yugoslavia
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Yugoslavia held by South Korea
25 May 00 | Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia beat China
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