Coleman: Wales have no room left for error

Laura Christensen
June 16, 2017

For the second time in this qualifying campaign, a fine Aleksandar Mitrovic goal for Serbia prevented Wales from securing a vital win.

Wales are still unbeaten in the group but this was a fifth straight draw and they are third, four points behind both Serbia and the Republic of Ireland, and level on points with Austria in fourth.

June 11, 2017 at 21:45, will be another match in the selection for the World Cup in Russian Federation, where at the stadium "Raiko Mitich" the national team of Serbia will play against the national team of Wales.

The visitors begun the clash the better of the two sides despite the scrappy opening in front of a passionate Serbian crowd.

As rates can be taken: victory against Serbia, the Serbian national team to score in the first half.

That was until Aaron Ramsey capitalized on a goalkeeping error from Wladimir Stojkovic who came storming out of his area with the ball.

Equally, the defence rode their luck at times (a luck that ran out for Serbia's equaliser) but their last-gasp tackling and effort was a credit to the team and made it hard for the home team, who could only manage pockets of dominance.

Welshmen, having collected today in its composition a number of players of the world scale, looked good at the European Championships in France in 2016.

Wales did have a chance in between the onslaught, Sam Vokes connecting with a head from another Joe Ledley free-kick, but it drifted just over the crossbar.


After 25 minutes - and a very slow start - Serbia started to build momentum and a series of teasing crosses into the box saw Mitrovic nod wide of the left-hand post and then over the top.

The Newcastle United striker slotted past Wayne Hennessey easily, scoring his second equaliser against Wales during this campaign.

Despite the initial disappointment after the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Austria, Sunday's results were favourable towards Martin O'Neill's side.

Ramsey has been involved in five goals in his last six global appearances, scoring twice and assisting on three, to prove what an important player he is for Wales.

The Arsenal midfielder has been criticised in the past for his form and injury problems for both club and country but his goal against Serbia could prove vital, like his victor for the Gunners in the 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

A tough task without the suspended Gareth Bale and against a team they had never before beaten.

A number of injuries also caused problems, limiting Chris Coleman in his substitutions.

But Wales know that but for Mitrovic's latest intervention, they'd have been in a far healthier position.

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