For the first time in the history of the country, Serbia won the FIFA U20s World Cup in New Zealand, after beating by a scoreline of 2-1 after extra time. What makes this triumph even more astonishing and remarkable is that Serbia had play extra time for the fourth time in a row at this tournament, having failed to beat any opponent in regular time after the group stages.
Striker of Stanisa Mandic of FK Cukaricki had scored the first goal of the game in the 73rd minute, with Brazil’s Andreas Pereira of Manchester United equalising only four minutes later. During an exciting period of extra-time, Nemanja Maksimovic scored with two minutes to go and secured the unlikely title for the Serbs.
Prior to the final, Serbia had beaten Hungary, the US and Mali after extra time or penalties respectively. Mali secured third place after beating Senegal 3-1. Mali’s Adama Traore of French club Lille was elected player of the tournament, whilst Serbia captain Predrag Ralkovic of Red Star Belgrade was picked as goalkeeper of the tournament.