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Serbia boss Antic unhappy with referee in loss to Australia

Serbia manager Radomir Antic has blasted referee Jorge Larroinda for his decision not to call a penalty in this morning's 2-1 loss to Australia.

Moments after Marko Pantelic had got the Serbians back in with a chance to level the game with his 84th minute tap-in, Socceroos star Tim Cahill was not penalised for handling the ball in the area.

Antic rued this missed chance and said the referee had got it wrong.

"The referee had a black day when it comes to Serbia," Antic said.

"The first time we handled the ball we were punished with a penalty (in opening group match against Ghana).

"This time the referees, including the fourth official, did not want to see that there was a foul that was quite obvious."

Unfortunately for Serbia, they are now out of the World Cup, just like Australia, and Antic was left to lick his wounds although he did not criticise his own players.

"We did our best," Antic added. "This was a game of good quality and I cannot reproach my players.

"We had plenty of good opportunities we didn't seize.

"In the end I think that we didn't have fair treatment. We deserved more than happened and we have to go home now.

"We really expected we would get to the last 16 and when it comes to how we played I think we deserved that.

"But the decisions taken by the referees and the opportunities we missed leave us feeling sad."

Andrew Slevison
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