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Fred on target as Brazil win

06 Jun 2014 22:31:52

Fred on target as Brazil win

Brazil completed their World Cup preparations with a 1-0 win over Serbia.

?Fred netted the only goal at the Estadio Morumbi in Sao Paulo in Brazil's final test before they face Croatia in the tournament's opening game next Thursday.

That match will be played in the same city, but at a different venue - the Arena Corinthians.

Despite being so close to the start of the tournament, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari fielded most of his usual starters such as Neymar, Daniel Alves and Thiago Silva and may therefore be concerned at the nature of the performance.

The Selecao were unable to break the tough Serbian defensive line until the 58th minute.

Silva passed the ball to Fred, who chested it down and finished well despite losing his balance.

As Brazil made a number of substitutions, they failed to hurt Serbia again.

"Today's rivals were both physically and defensively strong," striker Hulk told Globoesporte.com after the game.

"We found it diffucult to break two four-man defensive lines. We needed some patience."


PA

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