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Brazil jeered by home fans, Hulk robbed by linesman in friendly against Serbia

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Just in case anyone was worried that Brazil's World Cup preparations were going too smoothly after their 4-0 win over Panama, along comes Serbia and the unforgiving fans in Morumbi. At 0-0 after the first half, Brazil were booed off the pitch by the home fans in Sao Paulo.

It was a physical match with a few stray arms to the face and kicks to ankles that provided Brazil with a much better test than their last friendly, but Fred finally broke through with the match's only goal as he fell on his backside. Hulk added a second goal in the 75th minute after getting passed the Serbian backline, but it was disallowed by a linesman who must be the world's slowest blinker.

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Linesman fail.

Though the scoreline was deceiving, the match gave Brazil a small sample of the zero tolerance policy they'll be in for if they dare struggle to score for 45 minutes during the tournament. Losing the last World Cup they hosted in 1950 might seem like a distant memory to the rest of the world, but in Brazil it might as well have been yesterday. Anything less than consistent domination will make the halftime jeers in this match seem like a polite applause.

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