BRAZIL AND SERBIA both recorded victories in their respective friendly internationals on Tuesday.
Mano Menezes’ Brazil were 2-1 winners over Bosnia-Herzegovina at AFG Arena in St Gallen, although the South Americans left it late to secure victory. Brazil started strongly and took the lead after just four minutes when a neat attacking move saw Dani Alves pick out fellow full-back Marcelo.
And the Real Madrid defender made no mistake with the finish to give Brazil the early advantage. But Bosnia responded quickly, with Vedad Ibsevic equalising on 13 minutes after Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar spilled his tame effort.
That looked like being enough to give Bosnia a draw until stoppage time in the second half started as Rangers defender Sasa Papac scored an own-goal. Papac turned a cross into his own net as Cesar was let off the hook in Brazil’s slender win.
The other friendly saw Serbia defeat Armenia 2-0 at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, Cyprus. First-half goals from Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Branislav Ivanovic led the Serbs to victory, as Armenia failed to find a breakthrough despite taking the upper hand in the second half.