EC 2007 C-Group: Serbia claims their first victory

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Serbia - Norway 14 : 6 (7:0/7:0/0:6/0:0)

In a close and thrilling game Serbia claims for their first victory during the C-EC against Norway.

The Norwegians arrived just late last night, missing half of their equipment at the airport. Serbia already lost one game to Austria and needed a success to stay in the tournament.

The equipment was here, when the game started, but Serbia was present too.

The Norwegian Onside Kick failed and the Serbs received the ball. Jovan Plecas caught a pass from Quarterback Andrej Tasic for a first down Serbia, before Bratislav Bosnjak was found by Tasic in the Norwegian endzone with a 19-yarder. 7-0 (PAT Nenad Krsmanovic).

Nemanja Stojanovic intercepted Norway’s QB Inge Blodsberg on his first pass attempt and brought the ball back to Serbia. Defensive back Anders Hjperseth copied Stojanovic and intercepted Serbia’s playmaker for the first time. Norway failed to score on Serbia’s 5 when they went 4 & out and to a turnover on downs. Serbia took advantage on Norway’s disability and started a strong drive across the field, supported by a lot of penalties against the northern lights.

At the beginning of the second quarter Aleksandar Ristic fumbled the ball on Norway’s 1. A turnover with no consequences, because Norway went, after a faked field goal, 4 & out. With only seconds left on the clock, QB Andrej Tasic sneaked to the 14-0 halftime lead for Serbia (PAT Nenad Krsmanovic).

Norway tried hard to come back in the second half, but another interception in the endzone by Sdrjan Djokic dashed their hopes early in the third quarter. It was Sidney Oliver who caught a pass thrown by Greg Kleidon (former Raiders Tyrol player) which brought the Norwegians on the scoreboard. The extra point attempt failed, so it was only 14-6.

In the fourth quarter Josef Kinne intercepted Serbia’s QB Tasic once more and it seemed to be that Norway has now a chance to even the game with a TD and a Conversion. But this interception followed another one by Serbia’s Defensive Back Marko Kosutic and Serbia was again in ball possession. After a 10-minute break, caused by a thunderstorm, Norway came back loaded by the Carinthian lightings, when Serbia went 4 & out. But the Nordic Thunderstorm was missed in this game at the end; the team wasn’t able to score against a strong Serbian defense.

Norway had a last chance to even the match, but the failed with four incomplete passes.


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