Serbia

Disastrous performance for Saša Ilić: Six goals conceded against the league's weakest team

12. May 2024
Saša Ilić: (foto: uradna spletna stran kluba)
Saša Ilić experienced the heaviest defeat of his coaching career as his team, Nizhny Novgorod, was demolished 6-1 by last-placed Sochi.
Perhaps Saša Ilić moved to Nizhny Novgorod too hastily. Logic suggests that it might have been better for him to wait until the end of the season to participate in selecting a new team, rather than taking over a struggling squad wandering aimlessly through the league this spring.

The hot potato Ilić took on was fully realized today in Sochi, where he suffered the most severe defeat of his coaching career. The league's bottom team, Sochi, demolished Nizhny Novgorod with a score of 6-1! Ilić and his team from Novgorod will struggle to secure their league survival, especially since their next match, the penultimate round of the season, sees them hosting CSKA Moscow. Anything less than a win could leave them below the safety line.

The onslaught began in the 8th minute when Kravtsov scored to give Sochi a 1-0 lead. The relaxed hosts, essentially already relegated, played freely and tormented the visitors for the full 90 minutes, scoring six times. With the initial skepticism and surprise upon his arrival in Russia, there is no doubt that Ilić now faces an even greater wave of criticism following this performance.

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