Serbia 2-0 Sweden
A clever Nikola Žigić header after just 40 seconds got Serbia on their way to a morale-boosting friendly win at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade.
The home side won a throw-in after just a few seconds, and took it long, with the tall Žigić – with his back to goal – looping a header over the visiting defenders and goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson's outstretched hands. That dream start for Serbia preceded an exciting first half, with Miloš Krasić and captain Dejan Stanković creating danger in midfield while Sebastian Larsson pulled the strings for Sweden, with the latter's eighth-minute header drawing a save from Vladimir Disljenković. Henrik Larsson also had a dangerous effort deflected wide before the break, while Isaksson did well to keep out Danko Lazović's volley.
The tempo dipped after the break, with Serbia making more headway than their guests. Substitute Aleksandar Kolarov forced Isaksson into a full-stretcjh save but he could not deny Boško Janković Serbia's second. A loose pass was snapped up by Marko Pantelić, who controlled and delivered an inviting pass for Janković to make it 2-0. Sweden, seven points adrift of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 1 pacesetters Denmark, play their neighbours on 6 June, with Group 7 leaders Serbia welcoming Austria on the same day.
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