1st Jul 2011 3:55pm | By TNT Today
Goalkeeper Adam Federici and midfielder Brett Holman starred as the
Socceroos and Serbia played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in their
international in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Federici made four excellent second half saves, while Holman turned in his usual all-action performance.
In a game with chances on tap but no one able to extricate water, both sides had chances to win the rematch of the World Cup showdown in South Africa last year won by the Socceroos.
Australia had several golden opportunities to break the deadlock, with midfielder Mile Jedinak's first-half shot blocked by a Serbian defender their best of the first half.
Serbia's best hope was fluffed badly by midfielder Adem Ljajic, who somehow shot over the bar on 40 minutes from five metres out.
As both sides continued to pass slickly in the second half, Federici was called into action twice in two minutes early in the period.
First he saved brilliantly at the feet of Serb midfielder Zoran Tosic, who dribbled past several Socceroos defenders.
Then he saved from Ljajic - just minutes before a flare thrown by Serbian fans landed menacingly just metres behind his goal.
Holman's tireless running then started to pay off.
He shot just over the bar in the 61st minute, before three minutes later scraping paint off the left-hand upright with a thundering low shot reminiscent of his World Cup goal against Serbia.
Federici then managed two more excellent diving saves, stopping from Nenad Tomovic and Radosav Petrovic late in the half.
Sandwiched in between was Australia's best chance of the match, with neat build-up putting substitute James Troisi one-on-one with the goalkeeper only to shoot weakly in the 79th minute.
The result against the world No.16 Serbia takes Socceroos coach Holger Osieck's record to eight wins, four draw and two losses from his 14 matches in charge.
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