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Saturday, 3 June, 2000, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
Disastrous defeat for Yugoslavia
Sinisa Mihajlovic
Mihajlovic pulled one back in the 90th minute
South China 4-2 Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia ended their Asian tour in awful fashion when they lost their final warm-up game 4-2 to local Hong Kong side South China.

To rub salt in their wounds, it was a Yugoslav who proved the hero for South China in the blistering heat as striker Zeljko Gavrilovic scored twice, one a fortuitous opener in only the sixth minute.

He added another in the 25th minute after beating the offside trap to hammer home from six yards before team-mate Ricky Cheng Siu-chung gave South China a stunning 3-0 half-time lead.

Yugoslav coach Vujadin Boskov made several changes at the start of the second half as he tried to stem the flow in a largely lethargic performance, but it was to no avail.
Mateja Kezman
Kezman's strike failed to spark a comeback

Defender Mateja Kezman pulled it back to make it 3-1 in the 66th minute with a close-range header, but South China regained their three-goal advantage through a superb strike from Lee Wai-tik.

Damage done

Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was carrying a toe injury sustained in training, scored a last-minute goal from a free kick, but the damage had already been done.

Boskov refused to answer questions as the team boarded their bus to catch a flight back home.

It was generally a poor performance by Yugoslavia and one that will not augur well with the Euro competition coming up

South China striker Zeljko Gavrilovic

"Maybe the humidity killed them," said Gavrilovic, who has said previously he had always dreamed of playing for the Yugoslav squad.

"I knew they were really struggling with the heat and the humidity and a lot of the team members were losing a lot of fluid," he added.

"But it was generally a poor performance by Yugoslavia and one that will not augur well with the Euro competition coming up."

Yugoslavia: Kralj, Dudic, Stankovic, Jugovic, Mijatovic, (Mihajlovic), Stojkovic, Saveljic, Drulovic, Kovacevic (Kezman), Nadj (Milosevic), Bunjevcevic.

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See also:

31 May 00 | Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia suffer bore draw
28 May 00 | Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia held by South Korea
25 May 00 | Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia beat China
02 Jun 00 | Yugoslavia
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