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Ivanović and Matić slump to yet another defeat as Poland nicks 1-0 win over Serbia

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Serbia's U20 side may be world champions, but the senior team is mired in an almost two-year slump now.  Since a 2-1 friendly win over Jamaica in May 2014, they have won just four (4!) of sixteen.  Tuesday's 1-0 friendly loss in Poland was a third defeat on the bounce.

It followed a similar script, with the visitors wasting plenty of opportunities to score and the home side perhaps getting a bit lucky when Nikola Maksimović's clearance fell straight to an unmarked Jakub Błaszczykowski at the top of the box, who rifled home the game's only goal.  The sight of a cross not defended well enough by Branislav Ivanović and a shot whizzing by the turned back of Nemanja Matić, hands clasped behind his back, should be sights all too familiar to Chelsea fans, too.  Both Chelsea men started the game, though Matić was withdrawn five minutes from time.

That said, Serbia had plenty of chances to score.   Ivanović himself had two glorious opportunities, while Adem Ljajić, currently on loan at Inter Milan from Roma, was in imperious form.  Unfortunately for them, so were both Polish goalkeepers Łukasz Fabiański and Wojciech Szczęsny.

Next up for Serbia will be a friendly against Estonia on Tuesday.

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