World Cup teams Switzerland, Croatia draw 2-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's young forward Josip Drmic and Croatia veteran Ivica Olic both scored twice as their World Cup-bound countries drew 2-2 in a friendly on Wednesday.

Drmic, who has Croatian family roots, scored his first national team goals to give Switzerland two first-half leads, and ensure coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will want to take the 21-year-old player to Brazil in June.

The 34-year-old Olic, heading to his third World Cup, levelled in the 39th and 54th minutes past his Wolfsburg teammate Diego Benaglio in the Swiss goal.

Switzerland started its last match before Hitzfeld selects a 23-player squad in May with the central striker position seeming the most open in his preferred lineup.

"We have several strikers," Hitzfeld told Swiss broadcaster RTS, also suggesting Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic. "The World Cup is three months away. Today a new alternative has come to us."

Drmic opened the scoring with his third chance in as any minutes when Switzerland raised the tempo after a tepid opening.

After Granit Xhaka's 30-meter (yard) shot in the 31st was parried by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner fired the ball across the goalmouth but Drmic and teammate Valentin Stocker failed to connect.

Drmic then was unmarked near the penalty spot but met Gokhan Inler's cross with a tame header at Subasic.