The Republic of Ireland produced one of the surprising football scores in World Cup qualifying as they held Serbia to a draw. They once again had to come from behind after doing so against Azerbaijan. Sergei Milinkovic-Savic scored a brilliant header for the Serb’s midway through the first half. The visitors dominated most of the game but could not score the second to put daylight between the teams. With just four minutes to go, a Milinkovic-Savic goalline clearance came off Nikola Menkovic into the net. Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny extended an unwanted winless streak to 12 with the draw.

Player ratings

Republic of Ireland: Bazunu (8), Omobamidele (8), Duffy (7), Egan (6), Doherty (6), Browne (6), Hendrick (7), McGrath (6), McClean (6), Cullen (6), Idah (7).
Subs: Hourihane (6), Robinson (6), Horgan (6), Molumby (5), Collins (5).

Serbia: Rajkovic (6), Pavlovic (6), Veljkovic (6), Milenkovic (4), Gudelj (7), Milinkovic-Savic (6), Kostic (7), Djuricic (6), Tadic (8), Vlahovic (6), A Mitrovic (6).
Subs: Radonjic (6), Jovic (5), Lazovic (n/a), Maksimovic (n/a).

Man of the match: Gavin Bazunu

Managers Reaction

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny: “Even though it was our third game in six days, showed tremendous spirit, played a lot of good football and got a break that we didn’t get earlier in the week, when we could have had four points at least, six, coming into this game.” he added. “We actually lost in the 97th minute against Portugal, so I thought the players just gave everything tonight – as they did in all the games. They’ve given everything of themselves.”

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