I would say a lot of our midfield play was due to SMS dropping when needed and giving us an option to open up our play down the wings. Our central midfielders and wingers knew when to move forward when SMS or Mitrovic were on the ball, and that gave us some real life. We started slowly, but built momentum throughout the first half and we were deserving of the one to zero lead at halfitme. What does Ljubisa do then? He puts on Mladenovic to start the second half, which I just don't understand. I think it's only okay if it was for an injury concern in Ristic, otherwise it was a poor decision. Filip is an okay player, but Ristic has given us some serious offensive power going forward (it was his ball that gave Sergej the goal) but it's more so his ability on the ball ensures we don't squander possession too easily which is huge for our side. For me personally, that's our biggest weakness as a team. We don't have enough quality to move the ball and tire a team down a bit in stretches of the game. Ristic offers that a bit more and that's why it was disappointing to see Mladenovic come on. Most of the time Filip just passes the ball backwards whenever he gets it, unless he has put himself into position to hit a one time cross or take a touch and cross, and that was what we saw throughout the second half. The balance on the left hand side was lost a bit and that allowed Under to become a bit more direct.Excellent first half from Serbia.
Completely neutralized Turkey who only created one real chance from a stupid foul by S. Mitrovic.
Maksimovic's energy in central midfield really adds a lot to the team. Lukic is composed and should be considered a serious option in the middle.
Nice skill from Djuricic and SMS throughout the half. SMS gives us a second target man and is easily our best finisher in midfield while Djuricic injects some pace and directness.
Ristic surprised me the most. Looks very solid defensively and is growing in confidence in attack. Nice cross for the goal.
Hope they can keep it up in the second and hold on to a much needed 3 points.