May 30, 2010
New Zealand upset a well fancied Serbia in a World Cup International friendly game in Klagenfurt, Austria on Saturday.
The shock 1-0 win by the All Whites is one of the most important victories in New Zealand’s footballing history.
Shane Smeltz scored the winning goal for New Zealand in the 22nd minute of the first half and the All Whites will gain tremendous confidence for the World Cup after holding out the 15th ranked team in the world with a sound defensive effort in the second half.
The Serbian fans appeared likely to storm the pitch in the second half and they began throwing flares, bottles and missiles on to the pitch. Serbian captain Nemanja Vidic had to ask the rowdy fans to calm down over the ground public address system.
A number of Serbian fans ran on to the pitch before being dragged off the field by security staff.
Serbia were on top early in the match with some good play but they were unable to find the back of the net. The Serbians had a great chance when a free kick was parried away by All White’s goalie Paston.
New Zealand scored against the run of play in the first half when Shane Smeltz was able to get around his opponent and put the ball past Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic for a fine goal.
Both sides had their chances in the second half but Serbia were unable to tie the score and New Zealand ran out surprise 1-0 winners.
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