Following a 1-0 loss against Chile in a friendly this past Sunday, Serbia managed to provide a boost to their own morale after drubbing Colombia 5-1 in an international friendly they played last evening. Although Colombia have not qualified for this edition of the World Cup, the hat-trick by Aleksandar Mitrovic and the overall result will provide the right kind of momentum to the Serbian team as they go into the upcoming tournament.
Coach Mladen Krstajic had made a change to the formation that he had tried in the game against Chile, centring the team around Newcastle United striker Mitrovic and having midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic serve in a deeper, penetrating capacity. His move seemed to do the trick as Serbia surged ahead to a 4-0 lead in the first half, following off of two Mitrovic goals and a cross to Ivanovic that helped the latter find the back of the net with ease. Mitrovice would complete his hat-trick of goals in the second half, turning one into goal in spite of the efforts of Colombian keeper Guillermo Viscarra. There were a couple of missed chances by Filip Kostic that threatened to send the Colombians further down the deficit equation, but sadly for him this did not come to pass.
Colombia snuck back a single goal at the start of the second half through Jhasmani Campos who found himself with loads of space, and completed a thrilling solo run to put the ball past Stojkovic. Looking ahead to their opening match against Costa Rica, due to be played on the 17th of June, it appears that Coac Krstajic could have a bit of a tough time seeing how best to deploy his players once again, seeing as to how his most recent change has met with resounding success.