Smeltz scores as New Zealand take down Serbia

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.

The Gold Coast United star’s 23rd minute finish proved to be the difference as the All Whites claimed a huge scalp leading into their second ever foray into the World Cup finals.

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.

Match details

New Zealand: 1 (Shane Smeltz 23’)
Serbia: 0
Venue: Worthersee Stadium – Klagenfurt, Austria
Crowd: 14,000

Starting Line-Ups

NZL
Mark Paston (gk), Ryan Nelsen, Winston Reid, Tony Lochhead, Tommy Smith, Leo Bertos, Jeremy Christie, Simon Elliott, Rory Fallon, Shane Smeltz, Chris Wood (Brockie 61’)

Subs - Glen Moss (gk), Jeremy Brockie (61’)

SRB
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’)

Subs - Aleksandar Kolarov (21’), Radosav Petrovic (46’), Gojko Kacar (46’), Andjelko Djuricic (gk) (46’), Dragan Mrdja (59’), Danko Lazovic (66’)

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