Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late strike salvaged a point for Serbia in Cardiff, in what could turn out to be a precious point in such a tight group.
In a game of few chances, it was Gareth Bale who broke the deadlock when his shot from just outside the box found it’s way into the back of Stojkovic’s goal. Serbia were physical throughout and made it hard for Wales to play any sort of football, to the frustration of the home crowd.
The referee, who has refereed El Clasico’s in the past made it difficult for the game to gain any sort of tempo, and used his whistle throughout.
The serbian players also tried to slow the game down as much as they possibly could. This infuriated the Welsh crowd throughout. Wales should of put the game to bed, when Gareth Bale was put through by Aaron Ramsey but his effort hit the post to the despair of the 33,000 strong crowd.
Instead Wales decided to sit back and invite pressure, and as a result Aleksander Mitrovic found himself unmarked to head home to the disbelief of the Welsh crowd. Wales tried to push for a winner but found themselves up against a stubborn Serbian side.
Wales will now face Republic of Ireland in Dublin on March the 24th in a game where it is essential they get something – Serbia travel to Georgia on the same day.
Man of the match award: Gareth Bale
No real stand out performers, but if you had to pick it would be the Real Madrid talisman. Produced an audacious bit of skill in the second half to undo his opponent and scored the opener. He now has had a hand in 15 goals in his last 14 appearances on Welsh soil, 11 goals and 4 assists. A major asset.