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Advocaat starts Serbia reign with France draw

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 23.52CET
Serbia 1-1 France
Aleksandar Kolarov's late free-kick earned a friendly draw against the EURO hosts as Dick Advocaat took charge of Serbia for the first time.
by Sonja Nikčević
from FK Partizan Stadium
Advocaat starts Serbia reign with France draw
Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick earned the draw for Serbia ©Getty Images
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Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 23.52CET

Advocaat starts Serbia reign with France draw

Serbia 1-1 France
Aleksandar Kolarov's late free-kick earned a friendly draw against the EURO hosts as Dick Advocaat took charge of Serbia for the first time.

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Armenia are next opposition for both sides in October

Dick Advocaat began his reign as Serbia coach with an entertaining 1-1 friendly draw against UEFA EURO 2016 host nation France in Belgrade.

Loïc Rémy had the first chance of the match for the visitors as he outpaced his marker before whistling a shot past Vladimir Stojković's post. France did not have to wait long for the breakthrough, however, as on 13 minutes Rémy Cabella's left-flank corner found its way to the back post where an unmarked Pogba was on hand to direct into the roof of the net.

The home team threatened for the first time midway through the half when Zoran Tošić broke free, only to send his effort the wrong side of the post. Serbia struggled to get behind France for the rest of the period but showed their threat from set pieces, captain Branislav Ivanović proving a handful for Les Bleus' defence.

The hosts were more adventurous after the restart and only a Raphaël Varane block denied Ivanović an equaliser. Didier Deschamps' men were keen to wrap up the match, though, and Rémy, Pogba and Cabella all had openings to double the advantage yet none could find the target. They were punished with ten minutes left when a superb Kolarov free-kick was smashed into the bottom corner, leaving Hugo Lloris helpless.

France full-back Bacary Sagna later admitted his team "had a drop in concentration towards the end and had difficulty playing against a strong Serbia – something we need to work on." Of France's new challenge of playing 'centralised' home and away friendlies against the five countries in qualifying Group I, Sagna added: "For us there are no friendlies, we want to win everything, we want to get ready for the EURO in France. We want to reach the tournament in good form and improve as a team."

Visiting coach Deschamps commented: "For the next two years these kind of games will allow us to get stronger. We have to be put in difficult situations. It's easier for everyone to go home when everything's fine. It's important too for players to be in the starting XI. Our starters will take strength from today."

Serbia are next in action when they commence their Group I qualifiers in Armenia on 11 October, with France playing the same opponents three days later in another friendly.

Last updated: 19/11/14 13.05CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

France

France

1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK) (C)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović (C)
15
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
S. MitrovićStefan Mitrović
4
VaraneRaphaël Varane
4
NastasićMatija Nastasić
Yellow Card64
21
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
5
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Goal80
17
DigneLucas Digne
6
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
Substitution61
6
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Yellow Card66
8
MatićNemanja Matić
18
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Substitution82
7
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
19
PogbaPaul Pogba
Goal13
Yellow Card72
Substitution74
10
TadićDušan Tadić
Substitution61
22
SchneiderlinMorgan Schneiderlin
11
MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution86
7
CabellaRémy Cabella
Substitution60
9
F. DjordjevićFilip Djordjević
Substitution75
20
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution60

Substitutes

20
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution61
9
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Substitution60
18
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Substitution61
Yellow Card77
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution60
19
A. MitrovićAleksandar Mitrović
Substitution75
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution74
17
LjajićAdem Ljajić
Substitution86
8
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution82
12
BastaDušan Basta
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
13
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
14
JojićMiloš Jojić
5
SakhoMamadou Sakho
15
TomovićNenad Tomović
11
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
16
D. TošićDuško Tošić
12
MavubaRio Mavuba
21
IgnjovskiAleksandar Ignjovski
13
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
22
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
16
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
23
RuffierStéphane Ruffier (GK)

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Mike Pickel (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)

Fourth official

Stefan Lupp (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution