Dušan Tadić played a key role for Serbia as they ran out 5-1 winners against Bolivia in their final friendly before their World Cup campaign begins.
Serbia got off to the best possible start and their pressure was to tell after Aleksandar Kolorov’s low cross to Aleksandar Mitrovic saw the striker have his effort blocked behind by Ronald Ralves.
From the resulting corner though, he was not to be denied. The Newcastle forward, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, powering home Adam Ljajic’s corner delivery with his head.
That set the tone for the contest and on 19 minutes, Tadić was the provider. A move down the right saw Branislav Ivanovic free the Saints playmaker, whose clever cut back teed up Ljajic to sweep the ball home with his right foot.
Mitrovic had his second just four minutes later when Ljajic played an incisive through ball, which he dispatched with aplomb.
Shortly before half-time it was four as Ivanovic got on the scoresheet at the back post after Mitrovic had kept the ball alive with an overhead kick.
Jhasmani Campos pulled one back shortly after the interval, but Mitrovic sealed his hat-trick to ensure Mladen Krstajic's side will head into Group E on a high.