SAU PAULO - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari shrugged off complaints from a restless home crowd as his team wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a 1-0 win over Serbia on Friday.  A second-half goal from centre-forward Fred secured an unconvincing win for Brazil , who were subjected to boos and catcalls by sections of their support as they struggled to break down the Serbians.
Scolari brushed off the restive reaction of the Sao Paulo crowd after the win , saying his team had got used to being booed by fans. "There were some (boos) in Goiania as well," he said, referring to Brazil 's friendly win over Panama this week. "They have appeared elsewhere too when we have played 10 or 15 minutes below what we are capable of. It's normal and the players don't take it to heart. I think at the end, of the 67,000 fans 65,000 will go home satisfied."
A crowd of 67,042 saw Fluminense striker Fred slide an effort home despite being grounded after a challenge to end stubborn resistance by the Serbians, who kept Brazil starlet Neymar in check throughout. The visitors took to the pitch wearing shirts bearing the legend "Serbia needs Help" after heaving flooding in May left some 50 preople dead. But it was Brazil who were floundering early on as they took time to find their rhythm.
Reus injury dampens Germany's six-goal romp: Germany were left counting the cost of a 6-1 thrashing of Armenia here Friday after an injury to Marco Reus which threatens to rule the winger out of the World Cup. The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital having being helped off in obvious distress after twisting his left ankle just before the half-time break in a challenge and latter was ruled out for the mega event.
Andre Schuerrle gave the hosts a second-half lead and although Armenia's Henrikh Mkhitaryan converted a penalty, the floodgates opened as Germany scored five goals in the final 17 minutes. Goals by Lukas Podolski, Benedikt Hoewedes and Mario Goetze, who scored twice, did the damage to floor minnows Armenia. "We looked fresher and we took the tempo up in the second-half, but we still need a few good days training in Brazil ," said Loew. Replacement Miroslav Klose, who turns 36 on Monday, made history when he headed home their fourth to become Germany's all-time top scorer. Klose netted his 69th goal for Germany on his 132nd appearance to finally break Gerd Mueller's previous mark of 68 goals in 62 matches for West Germany.
Ten-man Costa Rica draw 1-1 with Ireland: Ten-man Costa Rica played to a 1-1 draw with Ireland on Friday in the Ticos' final friendly before they head to the World Cup finals in Brazil . Costa Rica had been hoping for a morale-boosting victory after falling 3-1 to World Cup-bound Japan on Monday. But their chances dimmed in the 41st minute when defender Giancarlo Gonzalez was sent off for elbowing Ireland forward Kevin Doyle. Doyle had opened the scoring for Ireland in the 18th minute with a crisp header of a cross from Marc Wilson.
Down a man, Costa Rica continued to press in the second half and got their chance after Ireland goalkeeper David Forde brought down Marco Urena in the area. Celso Borges converted the resulting penalty in the 64th minute and Patrick Pemberton, who replaced Keylor Navas in the Costa Rican goal at halftime, kept it level when he saved a penalty from Robbie Keane that was awarded after a foul by Heiner Mora.
Portugal snatch late win over Mexico:: Coach Paulo Bento admitted there was work to do after his Portugal side missed the firepower of Cristiano Ronaldo in snatching a 1-0 friendly win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Mexico on Friday. Sweating on the fitness of talisman Ronaldo with the Brazil showpiece just six days away, Portugal could only draw 0-0 with Greece last weekend and were hanging on for another goalless stalemate.
Mexico enjoyed the better of the openings to both halves and had the ball in the net after just two minutes, but Hector Moreno was ruled offside after prodding the ball in. Portugal responded when Vieirinha had their first shot on target in the 14th minute, Mexico keeper Jesus Corona turning the ball round his near post. As well as Ronaldo, the Portuguese were also missing through injury key defender Pepe and experienced midfielder Raul Meireles.
Greece down Bolivia 2-1: Greece, backed by a partisan crowd at Red Bull Arena, scored once in each half to beat Bolivia 2-1 on Friday in their final World Cup tune-up match. Panagiotis Kone and Kostas Katsouranis scored for Greece -- who open their World Cup campaign in Brazil on June 16 against Colombia -- but a goalkeeping gaffe allowed Bolivia to pull one back late in the game.
The win will no-doubt boost the 2004 European champions' confidence as they ended a goal drought that had stretched through three matches. That included goalless draws against Portugal and Nigeria in World Cup warm-ups in the past week. The drought ended in the 20th minute when Dimitrios Salpingidis fired a cross into the area that Kone headed past goalkeeper Romel Quinonez into the right corner for a 1-0 lead. Greece doubled the margin in the 53rd when Katsouranis delivered a well-judged header off a corner kick into the back of the net. Bolivia pulled a goal back in the 69th when Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis couldn't get his hands on a shot by Rudy Cardozo.
Japan edge out Zambia: Yoshito Okubo netted the winning goal in stoppage time to give bloodied Japan a 4-3 victory over Zambia on Friday in the Asian champions' final World Cup warm-up match. AC Milan striker Keisuke Honda scored two goals and Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa added another, but it took second-half entrant Okubo to send Japan to Brazil with a 3-0 mark in tune-up friendlies.
Japan fell behind by two goals and saw a bloody gash opened over the left eye of striker Shinji Okazaki in the 18th minute, but they rallied behind their star attackers for the victory. Honda scored on a penalty kick in the 40th minute, Kagawa netted the equalizer in the 73rd minute and Honda flicked in a centering pass in the 75th minute for a go-ahead goal. Zambia answered when reserve teen midfielder Lubambo Musonda scored in the 89th minute, his outside attempt deflecting high and over Japan goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa. That set the stage for Okubo's game winner, as the midfielder took control of a long centering pass at the top of the penalty area and blasted in a shot with his left foot on the next stride.
Jelavic sinks Socceroos: Nikica Jelavic gave Croatia a 1-0 win over Australia in a warm-up game Friday ahead of their World Cup opener against hosts Brazil next week. The Hull City striker broke the deadlock in the 58th minute after he benefited from a deflected ball and slotted home unmarked in the penalty area. Jelavic's goal came after delightful interplay between Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric and Inter Milan's Mateo Kovacic on the fringe of the penalty area.