Branislav Ivanovic headed Serbia in front in their friendly against Panama in Chicago, but the Central Americans hit back to draw 1-1.

Both Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic played the whole 90 minutes in the United States, with our defender as usual captaining his country.

He lead by example, too, meeting an outswinging Dusan Tadic corner with a well-placed header that, with the aid of a slight deflection, ended up in the back of the net. 25 minutes had been played.

Panama equalised just after the hour with a header of their own and despite a couple of late opportunities, Serbia could not snatch victory.

Ivanovic played at centre-back – his usual position at international level – while Matic was deployed on the left side of a three-man midfield.

Serbia, who did not qualify for the World Cup, play one more summer friendly, against the tournament hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo. That game is on Friday.

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