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As the start of the football World Cup approaches, Al Jazeera takes a look at action from the final warm-up matches.
Last updated: 08 Jun 2014 09:26
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The final round of warm-up matches before the World Cup has finished and the teams are frantically making their last minute preparations for Brazil.

They will now travel to their respective accommodation in Brazil and the first game features the home nation against Croatia on 12 June. 


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Ivory Coast cruised to a 2-1 win over El Salvador with Gervinho netted the opener after just nine minutes and Didier Drogba doubling the lead just before half-time.


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In the absence of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani steps up with a goal as Uraguay strolled past Slovenia 2-0.


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It is Fred to the rescue as World Cup hosts Brazil beat Serbia 1-0 in their final warm-up game.


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Italy slumped to a surprise draw against minnows Luxembourg after using the occasion to unsuccessfully experiment with a more attack-minded system.


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Arjen Robben was the star of the show scoring once and setting up another as the Oranje eased to a 2-0 victory over a weakened Wales team.


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Javier Hernandez was unable to find a way through the defence as Mexico lost 1-0 to a weakened Portugal side missing Cristiano Ronaldo.


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Miroslav Klose became Germany's record goalscorer in a comfortable 6-1 win against Armenia. Klose came off the bench to head in his 69th international goal.


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However the big win came at a price as Marco Reus, who was in tears as he left the pitch, picked up an ankle injury and will now not fly to Brazil.


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There was a double injury blow for France with Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier both being ruled out of the World Cup with injury.


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However, Ramadel Falcao's tournament-ending injury may prove to me most significant as the Monaco striker played a key role in Colombia's qualifying campaign, scoring nine goals in 13 matches.



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Ivory Coast cruised to a 2-1 win over El Salvador with Gervinho netted the opener after just nine minutes and Didier Drogba doubling the lead just before half-time.

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Ivory Coast cruised to a 2-1 win over El Salvador with Gervinho netted the opener after just nine minutes and Didier Drogba doubling the lead just before half-time.

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In the absence of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani steps up with a goal as Uraguay strolled past Slovenia 2-0.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/b3f87a48ddb8f1e0f490319eec063de6ReutersWorld Cup preparations

In the absence of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani steps up with a goal as Uraguay strolled past Slovenia 2-0.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/5602169583a6cd7b37518c2c00371b42

It is Fred to the rescue as World Cup hosts Brazil beat Serbia 1-0 in their final warm-up game.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/5602169583a6cd7b37518c2c00371b42ATPWorld Cup preparations

It is Fred to the rescue as World Cup hosts Brazil beat Serbia 1-0 in their final warm-up game.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/53d6d75bd54cf2487a08b41575743c10

Italy slumped to a surprise draw against minnows Luxembourg after using the occasion to unsuccessfully experiment with a more attack-minded system.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/53d6d75bd54cf2487a08b41575743c10Getty ImagesWorld Cup preparations

Italy slumped to a surprise draw against minnows Luxembourg after using the occasion to unsuccessfully experiment with a more attack-minded system.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/d8835736583da47dba0436b7730b0e3f

Arjen Robben was the star of the show scoring once and setting up another as the Oranje eased to a 2-0 victory over a weakened Wales team.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/d8835736583da47dba0436b7730b0e3fGetty ImagesWorld Cup preparations

Arjen Robben was the star of the show scoring once and setting up another as the Oranje eased to a 2-0 victory over a weakened Wales team.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/6f9bf8cb94ed8d461ab46cc28c180627

Javier Hernandez was unable to find a way through the defence as Mexico lost 1-0 to a weakened Portugal side missing Cristiano Ronaldo.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/6f9bf8cb94ed8d461ab46cc28c180627ATPWorld Cup preparations

Javier Hernandez was unable to find a way through the defence as Mexico lost 1-0 to a weakened Portugal side missing Cristiano Ronaldo.

World Cup perparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-perparations/ec750954bc1575df3bfbcc9931d7d083

Miroslav Klose became Germany's record goalscorer in a comfortable 6-1 win against Armenia. Klose came off the bench to head in his 69th international goal.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-perparations/ec750954bc1575df3bfbcc9931d7d083Getty ImagesWorld Cup perparations

Miroslav Klose became Germany's record goalscorer in a comfortable 6-1 win against Armenia. Klose came off the bench to head in his 69th international goal.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/3c4a7688eb2f0351cd9095db76a09c10

However the big win came at a price as Marco Reus, who was in tears as he left the pitch, picked up an ankle injury and will now not fly to Brazil.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/3c4a7688eb2f0351cd9095db76a09c10Getty ImagesWorld Cup preparations

However the big win came at a price as Marco Reus, who was in tears as he left the pitch, picked up an ankle injury and will now not fly to Brazil.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/8cb10c1493bebcfcf9081a7b2823ec01

There was a double injury blow for France with Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier both being ruled out of the World Cup with injury.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/8cb10c1493bebcfcf9081a7b2823ec01ReutersWorld Cup preparations

There was a double injury blow for France with Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier both being ruled out of the World Cup with injury.

World Cup preparationshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/c6532ec50d9fca5c9c3086999861bf86

However, Ramadel Falcao's tournament-ending injury may prove to me most significant as the Monaco striker played a key role in Colombia's qualifying campaign, scoring nine goals in 13 matches.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/World_Cup_preparations/slideshow/world-cup-preparations/c6532ec50d9fca5c9c3086999861bf86Getty ImagesWorld Cup preparations

However, Ramadel Falcao's tournament-ending injury may prove to me most significant as the Monaco striker played a key role in Colombia's qualifying campaign, scoring nine goals in 13 matches.



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