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September 11, 2012
• Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad
Referee: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes
• Attendance: 10660
A. Kolarov 16'
Z. Tošić 24'
F. Đuričić 39'
D. Tadić 55'
B. Ivanović 80'
M. Sulejmani 90'
G. Bale 31'
Coleman and his players will have to take a long, hard look at tonight's game, and figure out a way to move forward if they are to have any chance of reaching Brazil in 2014. Serbia, meanwhile, sit atop the group, and will have every confidence that they can progress - on this form, they may just be worth a sly bet for the tournament proper. Thanks and goodnight.
So a torrid night for Chris Coleman's side ends with a heavy, heavy defeat. Things looked up when Gareth Bale reduced the Serbian lead to one with a great free kick, but with hapless defending throughout, a drubbing was inevitable.
Full time, and the punishment is over for Wales. Abject performance from Wales, but Serbia were a delight throughout, with power, pace, and precise passing key to their massive victory.
SIX FOR SERBIA!!! When it rains, it pours. And it's pouring all over Wales now. Sulejmani aims an effort at goal from 25 yards, but the shot loops up off Gunter's leg and into the top corner of Myhill's net. It's a cliche, but in games like these, those efforts just seem to find their way in. Shocking for Wales.
Serbia are toying with Wales now. They're simply walking around, playing the ball nice and slowly, and then exploding into life at the right moment. It's still uncertain though whether they've been completely unplayable tonight, or if Wales have simply forgotten how to play football. A little of both, really.
Williams of Wales has a sliding shot from the edge of the area that balloons miles into the area - that sums up his side's night somewhat.
GOAL!!! Serbia compound Wales' misery with a fifth. Blake stupidly triesto dribble the ball out, only to lose the ball, and Ivanovic hits a sweet shot with his left foot - yes, his weaker foot - into the bottom corner of a hapless Myhill's net from 20 yards out. Is there more to come from Serbia?
Yellow CardAaron Ramsey
Pass, pass, pass, dejected lunge, pass, pass, pass - Wales are wishing for that final whistle now.
The game has slowed down a tad, but Serbia still look hungry for goals. They are completely comfortable in possession, and the Welsh players look bereft of ideas and inspiration.
And off comes Tosic to a standing ovation, as the the dangerous forward Sulejmani replaces him. It doesn't get any better for Wales, does it? Joe Allen is replaced for Wales after a quiet game, to be kind to him.
Penalty shout for Serbia as Tosic's goal-bound effort hits a Welsh elbow, but it was too close to be intentional. Moments later, the former Manchester United winger bends a curling effort just wide of Myhill's far post. Tosic has been irrepressible this evening.
Wales won't get anything with corners like this, as Aaron Ramsey punts an awful effort straight out of touch for a thrown-in as his exasperated team mates look on. Woeful.
Yellow CardDarcy Blake
Wales trying to push for a way back into the game, but every time they commit men forward, Serbia inevitably win back possession and break with ease. It may become a question of whether Coleman wants to chase an unlikely result, or whether it becomes a damage limitation exercise for the rest of their campaign.
Kolarov almost makes it five, with his deflected strike fizzing a yard wide of Myhill's left-hand post. This could be a long half hour for the Welsh players and fans. Perhaps the ones leaving early have got the right idea after all...
Some Welsh fans are reportedly already leaving the stadium at this early stage - understandable when you can walk home in disgust, but when you have a long wait for a plane/coach, it's perhaps a little odd.
GOAL FOR SERBIA!!! Just as I was saying that Bale could be Wales' hero in the second half, he plays the villain now as Ivanovic dispossesses the Spurs winger, bursts into the area down the right, and pulls back an inviting pass for Tadic, who cannot miss to put the Serbians 4-1 up.
Kolarov wins a corner after some silky passing from the home side, which gets a round of applause from the fans. It comes to nothing though. When Serbia are in this type of form, they'll be very difficult to beat in this qualifying group.
...but the sneaky low pass to Tadic is seen, and the forward's shot is blocked. Serbia have been so dangerous because of their unpredictability - they can go round you, above you, or straight through you.
Tosic will deliver a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Wales must be getting sick of these...
..but the goal scorer can only find the wall, first with the free kick and then with the rebound.
Wales give away yet another free kick in a dangerous area. Theatrical tumble, but Kolarov gets another go...
And the sides are back out. Two changes for Wales - Ricketts and Vaughan on for Matthews and Edwards, and off we go...
But words must also be spared for Serbia, who have been magnificent so far. Kolarov is having a fantastic time driving forward down the left, Tosic's deliveries are teasing Matthews and his fellow Welshmen, while Djuricic and Tadic are wreaking havoc in forward positions. Even Chelsea's Ivanovic has too much power and skill going forward for Coleman's side.
It's difficult to know where to begin with how Wales should get back into this match. The defence are looking nervous, the midfield unsure in possession, and the forwards have limited options when they do receive the ball. Coleman might have to resort to playground tactics and simply say "pass it to Gareth" for a while, as the left winger looks the most likely player to create opportunities.
A Welsh corner comes to nothing, and that's half time! It looks like a few of these Welsh players need a kick up the backside and a few choice words from the manager - they've been that poor at the back.
Bale looks a cut above his team mates out there - he is the only one who is presenting real danger for the Welsh, and he surely needs more support in the second half if Wales are to get anything from this game
Chris Coleman will be apoplectic at half time. With around six minutes till the break, his defence once again fell apart, and no matter well Gareth Bale can strike a football, that won't be enough to save the shambles of a back line that are currently playing in Wales shirts.
DISASTER FOR WALES!!! Duricic restores the home side's two-goal advantage. The forward beats the weak offside trap, ride Matthews' flailing challenge in the area, and blasts high into Myhill's net.
As with Kolarov's earlier free kick, the Serbian goalkeeper should share some of the blame for the goal. While Bale's shot was a great connection, Stojkovic simply stood and watched as it sailed past him. It was either poor organisation of the wall or his own positioning, but Bale effectively had a clear invitation to that top corner, and duly took it.
The goal is the perfect tonic for a jittery Welsh side, and they'll be looking to reorganise at the back and build on that glorious shot from Bale - big players stand up and deliver when called upon, and the Tottenham winger surely did there.
AND IT'S IN!!!! What a free kick from Gareth Bale, as he hits a flat, swerving effort that finds the top left of the static Stojkovic's net. Reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo there, and it's game on!
Bale wins a free-kick around 25 yards from goal - this may be an important chance in a game that is increasingly slipping away from the Welsh...
It's almost three! Wales simply cannot deal with the corners of Tosic, and the ball eventually falls to Tadic. His low strike from 18 yards may or may not have been going in, but is deflected wide by a flailing Welsh leg. Desperate times here for Coleman, as Wales struggle to even get out of their own half.
GOAL!! A quite frankly ridiculous goal to concede from Wales' point of view, as Kolarov runs, and runs, and runs some more until he is two yards from Myhill's goal, dribbling past half-hearted Welshmen. His stabbed effort is kept out by the goalkeeper, yet the rebound falls to Tosic, who lashes home from eight yards out. Dear oh dear...
Wales are looking vulnerable at the back. Matthews gives the ball away poorly, yet Tosic cannot make anything of it down the right wing. Coleman's side may be out of this before half time, unless they can look to release Bale in the forward positions.
Take nothing away from Kolarov's free kick, but while it was a lovely dipping effort, the ball wasn't anywhere near the corner of the net. Myhill perhaps should have done better with his footwork, as he left himself far too much to do once the ball was up and over the wall.
Ignovski has a curling right-foot effort that drifts wide of Myhill's post, and the Serbians are looking to press home their early dominance. Wales need to wake up here, and soon.
GOAL!!! And it proved to be a costly error from Church, as Kolarov effortlessly lifts the ball up and over the wall with his left foot past the flailing Myhill. Fantastic effort, and Wales are up against it now.
Wales struggling with Serbia's forwards, and another free-kick as Ivanovic goes down easily under Church's push, but it's a dangerous position for Serbia's Kolarov...
Serbia are looking dangerous here, with Wales hanging on as the home side look dangerous in the air from set pieces.
Chris Coleman makes just one change to his side that was beaten 2-0 by Belgium on Friday night. The returning Joe Allen comes in for the suspended James Collins, allowing Ashley Williams to return to centre-back. Wales: Myhill; Gunter, Williams, Blake, Matthews; Edwards, Allen, Ramsey, Bale; Church, Morison.
Serbia have made three changes to their attack from the dour 0-0 at Hampden Park at the weekend. Fejsa Ljubomir, Dusan Tadic and Lazar Markovic coming in for Darko Lazovic, Milos Ninkovic and Srdan Mijailovic in boss Sinisa Mihajlovic's search for goals. Serbia: Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Bisevac, Nastasic, Kolarov; Ljubomir, Ignovski, Tadic, Tosic; Markovic, Duricic.
Tonight’s match comes from the Karadjordje Stadium in Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia. Chris Coleman’s side began their campaign with a disappointing 2-0 reversal at the hands of Belgium last Friday. Coleman has yet to win a game as manager of Wales and the Dragons are currently four games without a goal. Their opponents are Serbia, who are ranked 42nd in the world and sit three places above the Welsh, and they'll be hoping to build on their frustrating stalemate with Craig Levein’s Scotland.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's live commentary of Serbia v Wales. I'm Matt Scrafton and I'll be keeping you all up-to-date with all the goings on during this Group A World Cup qualifying match.
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