Serbia National football team coach Dragan Stojkovic lashed at his players and condemned them of having lost their minds as he saw their chances of making it out of the World Cup’s group stage shrink after Serbia could not maintain a 3-1 lead against Cameroon.
After tearing apart the African team with two goals in first-half stoppage time from Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic before Aleksandar Mitrovic added a third after the break, Serbia was cruising at 3-1 up in the second half.
This left them in position to win, which would have given their campaign a boost going into Friday’s match against Switzerland, the Group G finale.
However, the African team appeared to gain momentum when Vincent Aboubakar came on as a substitute, and things swiftly turned in their benefit at the Al Janoub Stadium.
In the 63rd minute, Aboubakar scored with an unbelievable chip, and three minutes later, Choupo-Moting pushed the ball into his own goal to tie the game.
Both goals were scored by Cameroon after Serbia played an absurdly high line and was caught off guard at the back.
Naturally, players shouldn’t lose their cool, said Stojkovic to the media. “We are disappointed because we wanted to win and thought we had the game in hand, but our careless errors allowed Cameroon to avoid a loss.”
“We made two significant errors in defence. Going high up when your opponent has the ball is highly risky at our level; these two errors cost us the game. It is utterly needless and impossible to understand.”
Serbia needed to defeat Switzerland after the draw to have a chance of making it to the round of 16, since they had just one point from two games. However, they do not control their own fate, and they also depend on other outcomes to favour them.
Stojkovic this time, noticed a different Serbia than in their opening 2-0 loss to Brazil, therefore his assessment of the team’s performance was not wholly negative.