Success for City's Serbian stars
- 06 February 2013 22:19
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Manchester City teammates Matija Nastasic and Aleksandar Kolarov formed half of Serbia’s defence as the White Eagles coasted to victory in Cyprus.
The pair played the full 90 minutes in Nicosia in what was a convincing 3-1 win, despite falling 1-0 behind early on.
Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia managed to put three past Slovenia while at the same time keeping a clean sheet in a snowy Maribor.
Although the City striker’s name was absent from the score sheet, he did provide an assist for his side’s second goal - a weighted pass picking out Miralem Pjanić on the edge of the box.
The 26-year-old was also handed the captain’s armband upon the departure of Emir Spahić – a sure sign of how highly regarded he is by his national side.
Elsewhere, a start for Romania’s Costel Pantilimon against Australia ensured two City keepers were in action for their respective countries at the same time.
Despite the Socceroos managing to score twice, Pantilimon was rarely tested as the first ever match between these two sides ended in a 3-2 win for Victor Pițurcă’s Romanian men.
In Paris, Gael Clichy was an unused sub as France lost 2-1 to Germany at the Stade de France. The result marked the Germans first win over Les Blues for 26 years.
David Silva also spent 90 minutes on the bench as Spain overcame Uruguay 3-1 at the very impressive Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
A Pedro Rodríguez brace extended his recent purple patch for La Roja with Cesc Fabregas adding a third to the tally.
In under-21s action, Erik Johansen’s Norway suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Turkey while Karim Rekik’s Netherlands side beat Scotland 2-1.