Chelsea duo & Manchester City star disappoint on international stage

Nemanja Matic

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City were all involved in Serbia’s goalless draw with Panama.

The Serbian national team, which included the Chelsea duo Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic, as well as Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, were left frustrated following a poor 1-1 draw with 10-man Panama in Chicago.

The match itself proved to be a tedious one. There were niggling challenges from both teams, who ended up with five yellow cards and one red between them. Nevertheless, the Serbians' dominance shone through as Chelsea and Liverpool target Lazar Markovic put a beautifully hit corner onto the head of Ivanovic to make it 1-0 before half-time.

Early into the second-half, however, Panama were able to retain possession of the ball and worked the Serbian midfield and defence into a sweat.

Gabrial Gomez was then able to make Panama's possession count for something as he headed in the equaliser 15 minutes into the second-half.

The goal prompted a dominant spell by Serbia who, in the words of the Panama press, were more concerned with the possession of the ball from then on and dominated the rest of the game.

The Serbian pressure intensified, which lead to Panama defender Carlos Rodriguez's dismissal, but nothing came of their barrage of shots towards the end.

The result means little, but it will no doubt act as a wake-up call for the Serbian side in the future as they look to put themselves in contention for both France 2016 and Russia 2018 after missing out on the 2014 World Cup qualification.

Serbia finished 12 points behind group winners Belgium and three behind runners-up Croatia in their qualification group, a bitter disappointment to all involved.

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