A hat-trick from Aleksandar Mitrovic set Serbia on the right track for a simple 4-1 win over Sweden of their Nations League B Group 4 match on Saturday to arrange a winner-takes-all conflict of their last sport towards Norway in Oslo on Tuesday.
Norway and Serbia prime the standings on 10 factors, with the Norwegians in pole place due to a 1-0 win in Belgrade earlier within the marketing campaign, whereas the Swedes might want to beat Slovenia in Stockholm to keep away from relegation to League C.
Sweden took the lead towards the run of play by way of Viktor Claesson within the fifteenth minute however that they had no reply to the physicality of Serbia’s report goalscorer Mitrovic, who headed his aspect stage three minutes later together with his forty seventh worldwide purpose.
That purpose received Serbia again on observe, and Sweden had goalkeeper Robin Olsen to thank on the half-hour mark when he pulled off an outstanding double save to disclaim Dusan Vlahovic and Dusan Tadic.
Mitrovic was unstoppable and he put them forward simply earlier than the break, shrugging off the Swedish defence earlier than heading dwelling a nook.
He accomplished his hat-trick three minutes after halftime, ghosting in behind Daniel Sundgren and firing dwelling Vlahovic’s go together with his left foot.
Having taken his worldwide tally to 49, the 28-year-old Mitrovic left the fray with a sore knee two minutes after Sasa Lukic fired an outstanding fourth to spherical off the scoring.
“I took a knock, it’s a bruised knee and I’ll go to the physios now to evaluate the harm however I needs to be match for the Norway sport,” the striker instructed Serbia’s Arenasport.
Set to face Brazil, Cameroon and Switzerland in Group G on the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, the Serbs took their foot off the fuel within the second half however nonetheless dominated a sorry Sweden staff that regarded wanting each organisation and concepts.
Serbia can count on a a lot harder take a look at towards Norway, who misplaced 2-1 to Slovenia regardless of taking the lead by way of Erling Haaland earlier within the night, of their last group sport.
“We dominated the sport, we have been compact and performed the type of soccer I wish to see from the lads. The Norway sport might be like a cup last, and we’ll be prepared for it,” Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic instructed Arenasport.