Wales remain in contention after 1-1 draw with Serbia

Taylor Byrd
June 16, 2017

Wales remain four points off the top in third place but they know they will probably have to win their four remaining matches to give themselves a chance of heading to Russian Federation next summer.

Serbia and Wales played out a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier clash on Sunday.

The Serbian national team, which with successful performances in its history was remembered only by entering the 2010 World Cup, often ends its campaign at the selection stage.

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

Thankfully Serbia managed to find a way back.

Wales received a free-kick on the by-line and it was to get better when Sam Vokes was pulled back in the process of heading the set-piece. We've got to a certain level and then just lacked a bit of concentration.

The Arsenal midfielder chipped the ball past Stojkovic in the 35th-minute as the Serbia goalkeeper dived in to the opposite corner.

"If Chris Coleman can get anything from this game it'll be one of his best results for his country".

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

"There is disappointment with the draw, but we kept first place in the group thanks to the draw between Ireland and Austria".

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. In my opinion, Wales will be extremely hard to win on the road in Belgrade.

However, Spain looked like a side in need of a rest after a long season as they took their foot well off the gas after the break to allow Macedonia back into the game.

Exactly a year ago to the day Wales beat Slovakia in Bordeaux at the start of a Euro 2016 journey which ended in them reaching the semifinals.

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

Although Wales' winless run goes on without suspended star man Gareth Bale, they will surely ruefully reflect on the opportunities passed up in four consecutive draws prior to visiting Belgrade - rather than a hard-fought point here - if they fail to close the gap to Serbia.

It was a far cry, however, from Wales' 2012 visit to Novi Sad which saw them crushed in embarrassing fashion. "But there's a good core group of players here who have won a lot of caps".

It could have been all over after tonight's game, which makes this a good result all round.

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