Shane Smeltz was on target as New Zealand produced a great performance to defeat Serbia 1-0 in a World Cup warm-up match in Austria.
Almost a week after they were beaten 2-1 by a last-gasp Brett Holman goal by Australia, New Zealand showed the world they will be no easy-beats by downing the world’s number 15 team.
New Zealand take on Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia in the World Cup with their first group stage match against Slovakia in Rustenburg on June 15.
New Zealand: 1 (Shane Smeltz 23’)
Venue: Worthersee Stadium – Klagenfurt, Austria
Subs - Glen Moss (gk), Jeremy Brockie (61’)
Vladimir Stojkovic (gk) (Djuricic 46’), Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Rukavina, Neven Subotic, Ivan Obradovic (Kolarov 21’), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Mrdja 59’), Nenad Milijas (Petrovic 46’), Milos Ninkovic (Kacar 46’), Zoran Tosic, Nikola Zigic, Marko Pantelic (Lazovic 66’)