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6 vs 1
Played
September 11, 2012 7:30 PM BST
Stadion Karađorđe — Novi Sad
Referee:‬ Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes‎
Attendance:‬ 10660‎
 
Top of the Match
Dusan Tadic
Dusan Tadic
Serbia
Dusan Tadic
Dusan Tadic
Serbia
Flop of the Match
Darcy Blake
Darcy Blake
Wales
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Wales

Serbia 6-1 Wales: Coleman's side destroyed despite Bale thunderbolt

The Dragons paid for an error-prone defensive display and will be desperately disappointed to have now lost two-out-of-two Group A games as White Eagles remain unbeaten

By Miles Chambers

WCQ - Serbia vs Wales,Aleksandar Ignjovski
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Serbia continued their unbeaten start to their 2014 World Cup qualification with an empathic 6-1 win, while Wales’ fell to their fifth defeat on the trot.

Aleksandar Kolarov and Zoran Tosic gave the hosts a commanding lead with less than 25 minutes played, before Gareth Bale pegged them back with a thunderous free kick.

Filip Djuricic soon restored order, with Dusan Tadic, Branislav Ivanovic and Miralem Sulejmani capping the night off.

Good news ahead of the match for Welsh fans was Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen recovering to full fitness; his inclusion was the only change to Chris Coleman’s team that lost 2-0 to Belgium in Friday’s qualifier.

Lethargic defending was the order of the day for Wales. Simon Church’s reckless foul allowed Manchester City left-back Kolarov to curl a 22-yard free kick inches inside the right-hand post, with Boaz Myhill reacting too slowly to save the 16th-minute strike.

And just eight minutes later, Kolarov wiggled his way into the box from the left with Wales defender stationary - he fell to the floor twice before scrambling to his feet at the left post, and chipped a smart pass sideways for Tosic to lash home his eighth goal for his country from inside the six-yard box.

Wales veered dangerously close to complete capitulation before the break until temporary calm was restored when Milan Bisevac clambered all over winger Bale 30 yards from goal. The Tottenham star’s subsequent free kick was fired excellently into the top-left the goal, leaving Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic stranded and motionless.

However, eight minutes later Darcy Baker’s header was timed poorly and he knocked it backwards, allowing Tadic to slot Djuricic in, who effortlessly restored the two-goal lead by smashing in from the left of goal, 10 yards out.

Coleman tried to change the flow of the game by bringing Adam Matthews off for Sam Ricketts and replaced David Edwards with David Vaughn at half-time, however the momentum remained in the home side’s favour.

Wales were guilty of conceding fouls far too often in their own half and their lack of time on the ball played a large part in why they were unable to break back into the World Cup qualifier.

Tadic, who had been a crucial cog in Serbia’s line-up all match, scored the fourth goal for the hosts in the 55th minute after Chelsea full-back Ivanovic surged forwards down the right to set-up his team-mate’s simple finish in front of goal.

Serbia had won only one of their last 11 internationals but they looked like a nation reborn on Tuesday night and continued to dominate possession and delight their home fans throughout the second half.

Ivanovic further left Welsh emotions in tatters 10 minutes from time by capitalising on Baker’s wayward pass on the edge of the penalty area and slamming a reaction-shot into the bottom right corner.

The hosts eased their foot off the gas for the final minutes but this did not prevent Serbia adding another – substitute Sulejmani looping a deflected shot in from 20 yards with less than a minute left to play.



Serbia

1
Vladimir Stojkovic
Goalkeeper
3.00
13
4.00
2
3.50
5
Milan Biševac
Defender
3.50
33
Matija Nastasic
Defender
3.00
17
3.50
10
Filip Djuricic
Midfielder
39′ 81′
4.00
5
Ljubomir Fejsa
Midfielder
3.00
21
Zoran Tosic
Midfielder
24′ 70′
3.50
-
Dusan Tadic
Midfielder
39′ 55′
4.50
50
3.00

Wales

2.00
13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
2.00
2
1.50
6
1.00
2
1.00
23
Darcy Blake
Midfielder
62′
2.00
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
78′
2.00
4
3.50
11
Gareth Bale
Midfielder
31′
2.00
24
Joe Allen
Midfielder
71′
1.50
-
2.00
20

Substitutes

1
Damir Kahriman
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
Zeljko Brkic
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
4
 - 
40
 - 
-
Darko Lazović
Midfielder
 - 
18
Milos Ninkovic
Midfielder
 - 
21
Nemanja Matić
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
8
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
32
Jason Brown
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
Lewis Price
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Ben Davies
Defender
2.50
18
2.00
10
Andy King
Midfielder
71′
 - 
29
2.00
-
David Vaughan
Midfielder
46′
 - 
19
 - 
-
 - 
10
 - 
18
Sam Vokes
Striker

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Results
Group A Matchday 1
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Manchester United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0