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Pressure on Serbia ahead of Euro 2012 Italy match

GENOA, Italy (AFP) - Serbia head into Tuesday's Euro 2012 group C qualifier against Italy in Genoa knowing they cannot afford to lose.

Vladimir Petrovic's team have had a poor start to qualifying, being held to a draw at home by Slovenia and then losing to minnows Estonia in their own back yard.

It has left them with just four points from three games and, should they lose to Italy, they will be left with a mountain to climb if they are to reach Poland and Ukraine in two years time.

Their poor start is perhaps not surprising, though, given the internal troubles they have had with Raddy Antic being dismissed after two qualifying games and Petrovic jumping into the hot seat with no time to prepare.

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