Aleksandar Mitrovic out of World Cup '“ and heading for Newcastle exit

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic couldn't stop Serbia crashing out of the World Cup.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28 June, 2018, 11:12
Aleksandar Mitrovic

Mitrovic and his team-mates were beaten 2-0 by Brazil at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow last night.

Serbia finished third in Group E behind group-winners Brazil and Switzerland.

A goal from Paulinho gave Brazil a first-half lead, but Serbia put Brazil under pressure early in the second half – and Mitrovic had two good chances to equalise.

The 23-year-old had a header saved by Alisson Becker and another stooping effort struck the legs of a Brazil defender.

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Thiago Silva killed the game off with a 68th-minute header.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic: "You have to be alive for 90 minutes or else you'll be punished. It's difficult to play such an open game against a powerhouse of football like Brazil."

Mitrovic spent the second half of last season loan at Fulham, who were promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs.

United manager Rafa Benitez wants to sell Mitrovic – who scored in Serbia's 2-1 defeat to Switzerland – this summer, and the club will demand £20million.

Fulham are expected to bid for Mitrovic, but they could face competition from a number of other clubs.