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0 vs 3
Played
September 10, 2013 7:45 p.m. IST
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ S. Marciniak‎
Attendance:‬ 10923‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wales 0-3 Serbia

Gareth Bale came off the bench but could do nothing as an unstoppable Aleksandar Kolarov goal helped the visitors totally dominate the Dragons at Cardiff City Stadium

By Tom J Doyle

  • B. Myhill
    0
    0
    2.50

    B. Myhill

    The West Brom keeper was flustered by Djuricic's early header, and a better reaction stop would have prevented the first goal. He made a wonderful stop to deny Markovic later on, but could perhaps have done better with the third goal.

  • Chris Gunter
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris Gunter

    Formed part of an untested back line that was time and again exposed by the Serbians - but games like these will be good experience for further challenges ahead for the 24-year-old.

  • Ben Davies
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    It was a big ask for the 20-year-old to start at centre-back having never played there for Swansea, and the lack of shape at the back was plain to see despite his other talents.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    0
    0
    2.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    Ivanovic brutally exposed the centre-back's lack of movement by losing him at a first-half corner, but showed good technique to set up Ramsey later on. Not a confident showing from a seasoned professional though.

  • Adam Matthews
    0
    0
    2.50

    Adam Matthews

    A teasing first-half cross from the left almost provided a goal for Vokes, and he went up against Ivanovic with determination.

  • Joe Ledley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Joe Ledley

    The Celtic midfielder had a quiet game for the hosts, and couldn't trouble the disciplined visitors as the game generally passed him by.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    1
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    The 22-year-old captain took responsibility to be the team's creative element in the middle, but all he really earned for his efforts was a smash into the advertising boards.

  • Andrew Crofts
    0
    0
    1.50

    Andrew Crofts Flop of the Match

    A terrible night for the 29-year-old. He played Djurucic onside for the opener and lost possession twice in the first half in dangerous positions. He always looked uncomfortable in defensive midfield when pressed by Serbia, and was duly booked.

  • Andy King
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andy King

    Sat alongside Crofts in defensive midfield but was bypassed too easily and struggled to help out the hapless Crofts, and was simply outclassed by more talented opponents.

  • Craig Bellamy
    0
    0
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    The Cardiff City veteran looked to be the thorn in the side that he usually is, but couldn't expose Ivanovic on the right, and was unusually quiet throughout.

  • Sam Vokes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sam Vokes

    The focal point of the attack in his first international start for over four years, the 23-year-old showed a good touch, strength in the air and movement with a neat first-half header. Toiled on with a very limited supply line.

Substitutions

  • David Vaughan
    0
    0
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    The Sunderland midfielder could not have been worse than Crofts, and shored up the middle while offering more of a forward threat.

  • Gareth Bale
    0
    0
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    The £86 million attacker came on with 30 minutes to play and immediately looked a threat, testing Stojkovic with a trademark effort from distance and almost scored with a fine late free kick. Was easily Wale's best player, which says as much about him as it does the Dragons.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    0
    0
    2.50

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    The 24-year-old was brought on to stretch the play with 15 minutes remaining, but was not found by his team-mates despite offering a few promising runs.

  • Vladimir Stojkovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vladimir Stojkovic

    Had barely anything to do in the first half such was the visitors' domination, but coped well with a Bale drive in the second 45 minutes and made a superb stop to deny the Real Madrid star a wonderful free kick.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    0
    0
    4.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov Top of the Match

    The former Chelsea left-back was his usual menacing self in attack, providing the cross that led to the opening goal and scoring an unstoppable second from 35 yards. A top performance.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    The Chelsea defender almost powered in a fine header from a corner, and always looked to get forward down the flank.

  • Milan Biševac
    0
    0
    3.00

    Milan Biševac

    The Lyon defender had one of the easiest nights he is likely to have in international football, but still went about his job with good determination.

  • Matija Nastasic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    The Manchester City centre-back shows maturity and talent well beyond his 20 years, and marshalled the threat of Vokes with relative ease.

  • Filip Djuricic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Filip Djuricic

    His power in the air was a problem for Wales from the off, and the hosts were unable to really get close to him in the game.

  • Ivan Radovanovic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ivan Radovanovic

    Showed confidence to take the ball in the centre and dictate possession against limited opponents, and wasn't afraid to shoot from distance when given the space.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    A fine presence in the middle, his fancy footwork made fools of the hosts time and again. Simply too quick with both feet and mind for the Dragons to stop him. A booking rules him out of the next game though.

  • Dusan Tadic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Dusan Tadic

    Showed his dribbling skills by almost walking past the whole Wales team before the third goal, and was a menace on the right wing.

  • Filip Djordjevic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Filip Djordjevic

    Found himself in the right place to nod in the opener with composure from six yards, and showed decent movement to unsettle the Wales defence.

  • Lazar Marković
    0
    1
    3.50

    Lazar Marković

    Should have opened the scoring in the third minute but curled wastefully wide, and had another effort well saved by Myhill. Linked well with Kolarov on the left, and got his reward with Serbia's third.

Substitutions

  • Luka Milivojević
    0
    0
    3.00

    Luka Milivojević

    Replaced the dependable Radajanovic with 23 minutes to go and looked to open up the play to inflict more punishment on the hosts.

  • Nenad Krsticic
    0
    0

    Nenad Krsticic

    Came on for the last few minutes for Tadic.

  • Radosav Petrović
    0
    0

    Radosav Petrović

    A late replacement for Fejsa.

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