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Key Events

90' + 2'
C. Clark
S. Long
88'
G. Whelan
Yellow Card
83'
A. Katai
Yellow Card
81'
A. Katai
F. Kostić
80'
R. Brady
Assist
80'
D. Murphy
Goal
77'
D. Tošić
F. Mladenović
76'
D. Murphy
J. Hendrick
72'
M. Nastasić
Yellow Card
70'
S. Quinn
S. Ward
69'
D. Tadić
Penalty Goal
62'
D. Tadić
Assist
62'
F. Kostić
Goal
59'
A. Pavlović
A. Mitrović
59'
R. Brady
Yellow Card
27'
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
21'
S. Ward
Yellow Card
3'
S. Long
Assist
3'
J. Hendrick
Goal
Kick Off
3
2
3
4

Stats

Possession
% %
7
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 5
Total Passes 479 203

Commentary

And that will do it here from Belgrade, as an entertaining game sees the spoils shared between Serbia and Republic of Ireland. The home side will be disappointed that they did not win this one, given their dominance, but the Boys in Green were able to snatch two goals from set plays to give them a point in one of their most difficult fixtures of the qualifiers. That's all from us, until next time! 
C. Clark
S. Long
Republic of Ireland
90' + 2' Long appears unable to continue after that knock, and on comes Clark. 
90' + 1' It looks like time might be the ultimate deciding factor here as Long is down on the deck after a challenge. Serbia aren't happy at the delay, and there appears to be substitutions coming on the sidelines. 
89' Tadic has been scythed down by Murphy, leading to a free-kick for Serbia. They work it out wide for Rukavina to cross, but the ball floats menacingly across the face of goal before going out on the far side. 
G. Whelan
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
88' Yellow card Glenn Whelan
87' Serbia are furiously trying to snatch the lead back in the closing minutes, as Ivanovic hoists in another cross that is met by a weak header from Pavlovic, making it easy for Randolph to gather. 
85' OFF THE LINE! Ireland nearly give away a goal again as Tosic's shimmies at the top of the box fool them enough to let Ivanovic in, but his bobbled finish is cleared away from danger by Coleman right on the line! 
A. Katai
Yellow Card
Serbia
83' The substitue Katai is booked within moments of his arrival as he goes in with a needless late challenge on Walters, who was going nowhere with the ball on the near side. 
A. Katai
F. Kostić
Serbia
81' Kostic is withdrawn and on comes Katai. 
R. Brady
Assist
Republic of Ireland
80' Good corner from Brady to set that one up - his deliveries have been on point tonight. 
D. Murphy
Goal
Republic of Ireland
80' IRELAND ARE LEVEL! Serbia are undone from a set-play for the second time in this game, as everyone just stands to watch Murphy guide a punishing header into the back of the net from a corner! 
79' Walters wins a challenging header that still leaves Long with a lot to do, but somehow, the forward powers through two defenders to draw a solid save from the keeper down low! Corner to come. 
78' Coleman does brilliantly to glide past a challenge out wide, before standing up a delicious cross to the back post. An Irish head is on it first, but it's blocked before it can trouble the keeper. 
77' Signs of a little revival for Republic of Ireland, who are sensing that this game does not have long to go. However, there's no way through to the keeper, with Serbia defending everything expertly from open play. 
D. Tošić
F. Mladenović
Serbia
77' Tosic is thrown on for Mladenovic. 
D. Murphy
J. Hendrick
Republic of Ireland
76' Eventful evening for Nastasic, who is replaced by Murphy. 
75' GOAL RULED OUT! Excellent job by the assistant on the near side to spot that Walters was an inch or so offside when he headed the ball into the back of the net, after great work by Hendrick. 
73' OFF THE CROSSBAR! What are Ireland doing? It's like they're playing on dial-up while Serbia are on fibre. Yet again, their inability to clear the ball allows the hosts the chance to get a shot away. Randolph saves Kostic's initial effort, before Pavlovic's follow-up crashes off the underside of the bar! 
M. Nastasić
Yellow Card
Serbia
72' Nastasic booked for a late challenge. 
71' Where do Republic of Ireland go from here? They may have a case to complain that the penalty was unjust, but you do make your own luck in this game, and Serbia's unrelenting pressure put them in the position to win the decision in the first place. 
S. Quinn
S. Ward
Republic of Ireland
70' Stephen Ward has been replaced by his namesake Quinn. 
D. Tadić
Penalty Goal
Serbia
69' TADIC MAKES NO MISTAKE! The Serbia No. 10 confidently strokes the ball down the middle as Randolph dives out of the way. The hosts have completed the comeback, and you can't say that it isn't deserved. 
68' PENALTY TO SERBIA! Kostic gets goal-side of Walters and pushes the ball past the forward, whop was struggling to get out of the way and appeared to upend the midfielder - who still went down rather easily. 
66' RIGHT AT RANDOLPH! It was like I was watching a replay of the opening goal - except with Serbia on the attack. Kostic's cross was pushed wide by the keeper, but the hosts kept it alive and worked it into the area for Tadic, who swing at it but placed it right down the throat of the man between the posts! 
64' A draw in Belgrade still won't be the worst result for Republic of Ireland, but they need to start making plays. Serbia will have all the momentum now, and there's plenty of time for them to complete the turnaround. 
D. Tadić
Assist
Serbia
62' Tadic did well to make contact with Ivanovic's cross with his back to goal, and under pressure from multiple defenders. 
F. Kostić
Goal
Serbia
62' SERBIA TIE IT UP! Weak, weak defending from the visitors. Ivanovic hammers a ball into the box, and there's a challenge for it, but three Irish defenders can't keep it from Kostic, who tucks it home. 
61' Still Serbia continue to dominate possession, but Ireland are looking a more disciplined outfit defensively than their first-half showing. However, they surely can't be satisfied with the complete lack of possession. 
A. Pavlović
A. Mitrović
Serbia
59' Pavlovic has been introduced for Mitrovic, who has had a barren day in front of goal. 
R. Brady
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
59' Robbie Brady is down on the deck holding his face after taking an apparent blow in the face from Kostic, but there was a lot of tussling between both sets of players, and it's the Irishman who ends up on the receiving end of a yellow card. 
56' WIDE OF THE MARK! Mitrovic uses all of his considerable size to hold the ball up against pressure from two defenders. His initial lay-off is a bit underwhelming, but Rukavina is all over the rebound, curling it wide of the goal! 
52' Every time Republic of Ireland get the ball, there's only Long trying to beat a path towards goal between multiple defenders, which usually ends up sending possession right back into Serbia's hands. 
50' Randolph powers in ahead of Mitrovic to claim a cross from Rukavina. The full-back has been very impressive in this game with his willingness to get to the byline - and he hasn't been punished for his advances forward by Ireland. 
48' Much like the first half, Serbia are all over the ball to begin the second period. Ireland are keeping their shape well though, and not conceding as much space in the wide areas as they did before. 
46' Here we go again. 
The players head down the tunnel to boos from the Serbian fans, who saw their side mount a solid effort to get back into the game, but still failed to overturn Hendrick's early goal. That's what separates the sides at the moment. Still all to play for in the second half though, and there have been signs of more scoring to come. Stay tuned. 
45' A long punt down the field for Long sees Nastasic easily shepherd the ball back into the path of his goalkeeper. Not long to go in the first-half now, and Ireland look like they will go into the break ahead. 
43' Rukavina has been a constant menace on the right-hand side, as he overlaps beyond Ward once again, sliding a low cross into the area that calls Randolph into action. Ireland survive, though. 
41' O'Neil will be happy that his side have managed to hold onto this lead, but will surely be concerned about their lack of creativity from open play. Their two best chances, including the goal, came from set-piece situations. 
39' A Serbian corner is headed clear, but the home side keep it alive. It falls to Tadic near the corner of the box but despite a few shimmies, his in-swinging cross only finds its way into the arms of Randolph. 
37' FINE SAVE! For all of Ireland's vulnerability from deliveries into the area, it's Serbia who have twice wobbled the hardest as Brady swings in a peach of a ball that is headed on goal by Long, but Rajkovic thwarts him! 
35' Ward is fouled down the flank, and he's writhing in agony, causing the referee to have a wod with Gudelj. That's as far as it goes though, with the midfielder escaping with just a warning. 
33' Brady pumps a deep free-kick into the box, but this time, Serbia deal with the threat. That's the first time in nearly half an hour that I can remember the ball entering the home side's penalty area. 
31' SCRAMBLE! A delivery from the left-hand side causes all sorts of problems for the visitors, and after confusion inside the six-yard area, Nastasic pokes the loose ball the wrong side of the post. 
29' Republic of Ireland are under considerable pressure here, and just need someone to get a hold of the ball and earn a spell in possession. They haven't managed to do anything since the opener. 
J. Hendrick
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
27' A goal and now a yellow card for Hendrick, who earns the ire of the referee for a rough challenge. Two bookings now for the visitors, and it's a sign of their lack of control over proceedings. 
25' Randolph is suddenly a busy man, as he stretches to his left to parry a low shot by Kostic, before rising highest to pluck Tadic's cross out of the air. Encouraging signs for Serbia. 
23' The resulting free-kick causes some problems for Republic of Ireland, as O'Shea's initial header puts Randolph under pressure, and he doesn't make strong contact on the ball, but Coleman is there to clear. 
S. Ward
Yellow Card
Republic of Ireland
21' Ward makes what looked like a safe challenge on his man, but the referee saw it differently and flashes the yellow card in the direction of the Republic of Ireland man. First booking of the game. 
19' Long has cut a very isolated figure so far, with the midfield unable to provide a link with the attack. It's been mostly a defensive effort from the visitors, but Randolph also hasn't had a real save to make yet. 
17' Mladenovic pounces on a loose ball in the centre of the park and sprints down the right-hand side, but his shot gathers a deflection that takes the sting out of it, and sends it safely through to Randolph. 
15' Some sloppy turnovers in the midfield zone twice present the chance to break for the home side, but they fail to take advantage of it. Still, Serbia are dominating in all areas but the scoreboard. 
13' Serbia are dominating the ball, as their full-backs are really stretching their Irish counterparts here in the opening exchanges. They've managed quite a few crosses into the penalty area. 
11' Applause by the visiting fans through minute 10 for retired legend Robbie Keane. Their side are looking vulnerable on the flanks though, and the full-backs need more help from the midfield. 
9' Ivanovic is very lucky to escape without a yellow card after swinging his boot recklessly and landing a sizeable blow to the groin area of Whelan. The referee only awards Republic of Ireland a free-kick. 
7' Some good wing play from the home side sees the Irish defence put under pressure, but they just about deal with the danger. The home fans are slowly starting to get involved in proceedings. 
5' Looks like Hendrick will be credited with that goal after all, and it's his first in 27 appearances for the senior national side. Serbia are quickly back on the ball though, so the visitors will have to be on their toes. 
S. Long
Assist
Republic of Ireland
3' In all the confusion surrounding that goal, Long was credited with the assist. 
J. Hendrick
Goal
Republic of Ireland
3' THE VISITORS HAVE SCORED! Brady's free-kick was pushed wide by the keeper, but Republic of Ireland were all over the loose ball, and it eventually fell to Hendrick just inside the box, who swung his foot at it, and saw a nick off Ivanovic take it into the back of the net! 
3' Lots of empty seats here at the Rajko Mitic Stadium, with the home side in their red kits, while Republic of Ireland don their green and white strip. Good start from the visitors here too, winning an early free-kick near the edge of the box. 
1' Off we go!
Rain here in Belgrade put this match in doubt, but a successful pitch inspection by the referee means that matters will go ahead as planned, with the first half coming shortly. The conditions could make for some interesting viewing though. 
James McCarthy sits this one out for the visitors with a knee injury, giving Burnley record signing Jeff Hendrick a chance in the midfield unit. Harry Arter has to settle for a place on the bench as well, while Shane Long is the outlet up front. 
Nemanja Matic will play no part in this one, with Filip Mladenovic and Nemanja Gudelj manning the centre of the park for the hosts. Aleksandar Mitrovic leads the line, flanked by Dusan Tadic and Filip Kostic. 
Republic of Ireland (4-3-3): Randolph; Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Ward; Hendrick, Whelan, Brady; Walters, Long, McClean. 
Serbia (3-4-3): Rajikovic; Ivanovic, Nastasic, Vukovic; Rukavina, Milivojevic, Gudelj, Mladenovic; Tadic, Mitrovic, Kostic. 
It was a memorable Euros for Republic of Ireland, as the Boys in Green claimed the scalp of Italy en route to the knockout stages, where they narrowly fell 2-1 to hosts France. Their fans won the hearts of the public this summer, and will be cheering on their team who may well fancy their chances of first place in this group. 
Serbia are looking to reach their first international tournament since 2010, after a miserable qualification campaign for Euro 2016, where they finished bottom of their section. It's been a period of transition for Slavoljub Muslin's team.
Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the World Cup qualifier between Serbia and Republic of Ireland. Both sides will fancy their chances in Group D, which promises to be competitive, but lacks a real heavyweight team. Stick with us for all the action. 
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