New Zealand played hosts to Serbia today in what should have been an easy stroll for the visitors ahead of this summer's fast approaching World Cup.
However, the Serbs failed to notch a single goal. Their only eventful contribution to the match came when ex-Valencia striker Nikola Zigic got himself booked for bad behaviour.
At the other end, New Zealand's German-born striker Shane Smeltz put his side ahead after only 22 minutes. The 28-year-old's strike would prove to be the difference between the sides in the long run, as his solitary goal stood up as the winner.
After a stellar qualifying campaign, Inter midfielder and Serbia captain Dejan Stankovic will be wondering how to rectify the squad's shortcomings before the World Cup commences in under two weeks' time.
Highlights of Serbia-New Zealand can be seen here.
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