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Five-Star Showing For Milivojevic's Serbia

11 June 2018

Luka Milivojevic's Serbia ended their pre-World Cup preparations in style as they thrashed Bolivia 5-1 in their final warm-up game.

The Palace midfielder played 45 minutes of the game in Austria as his country put their 1-0 defeat to Chile behind them by dismantling Bolivia, with Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic helping himself to a hat-trick.

Serbia found themselves 4-0 ahead at half-time thanks to a brace from their talisman, and Adem Ljajic and Branislav Ivanovic also got on the scoresheet in the opening 45 minutes to put the game to bed.

Milivojevic then entered the fray at the break when the replaced Lazio wonderkid Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who was played in a deeper position than usual by manager Mladen Krstajic. Luka would play the whole of the second half, which saw Bolivia pull one back before Mitrovic completed his treble.

That was Milivojevic's 29th cap for his country, who get their World Cup campaign underway on Sunday when they take on Costa Rica, before then facing Switzerland and Brazil in the group stages.

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