Brazil And Italy Conjure Up A Majestic Contest

21 03 2013

It might be nine games and 16 months since Italy last won a friendly but Cesare Prandelli will be proud of the spirit the Azzurri showed to turn a two goal deficit into a draw against the much fancied Brazil.

Italy are notorious for their nonchalant attitude towards friendlies, an opportunity to test new players and tactics but no reason to arduously seek a good result, but this performance will put them in good stead for their World Cup qualifier against Malta next week.

In these non-competitive games we have become accustomed to witnessing dour contests lacking both intensity and personality, however the match in Geneva showcased two teams with World Cup winning ambitions, and both will gain confidence from proceedings.

Mario Balotelli and Neymar exchange shirts after the friendly in Switzerland.

Mario Balotelli and Neymar exchange shirts after the friendly in Switzerland.

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Players Mental State Needs To Be Watched By Antić

11 06 2010

After a calamitous few weeks in which pre-optimism amongst the nation has taken a dent, victory last Sunday over Cameroon has reinstated belief back into those feeble fans. Radomir Antić knew that the final warm-up match was important as it could instil rhythm and morale back into the players before the first match of their group, against Ghana on Sunday. With a tough group ahead of them, the Serbians will know that the unity amongst the camp needs to be solid if they are to progress.

In a farewell match in Belgrade, Serbia showed their attacking prowess, justifying the media’s claims that they could be the team to watch. Although they showed defensive frailties, the way in which they responded to going behind twice in the game showed the mental toughness they have which can be significant in defeating your opponent. After falling behind to a fourth minute goal from Pierre Webó, Antić‘s men showed they can score scrappy goals as well. Ivan Obradović roamed down the left flank, slid a deadly low cross into the box which the goalkeeper pushed into the feet of Miloš Krasić who tucked away a rare goal. Again they fell behind courtesy of Webo’s second, but conjured up a lovely move in which Krasić set up his captain Dejan Stanković with a delightful back heel who then happily smashed it in from outside the box. Nenad Milijaš converted a penalty and Marko Pantelić scored from close range before half time to complete their victory.

Miloš Krasić Will Be Hoping He Can Score More Goals

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