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WE'VE MET BEFORE - Serbia v Wales
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WE'VE MET BEFORE - Serbia v Wales

Previously part of Yugoslavia, Serbia played as Serbia & Montenegro before the dissolution of that country. They have played as Serbia only since 2006 and so have played Wales on just three occasions.

 

And the first meeting, in Novi Sad saw the Welsh suffer a 6-1 defeat, their heaviest loss since 1996.

 

Poor defending allowed Aleksandar Kolarov and Zoran Tosic to put the Eagles 2-0 up before Gareth Bale's superb free-kick got Wales back in it.

 

But more sloppy play allowed Filip Djuricic to fire past Boaz Myhill, with Dusan Tadic striking a fourth. Branislav Ivanovic and Miralem Sulejmani completed the rout.

 

The return, in Cardiff, was not much better, with Serbia winning 3-0 and sending Wales to the bottom of the group.

 

Filip Djordjevic's header and Aleksandar Kolarov's superb drive put Serbia in charge, before Lazar Markovic made it 3-0 after 55 minutes.

 

The most recent meeting was the reverse fixture between the two nations in this World Cup Qualifying campaign.

 

Wales, who were dominant in the early stages, deservedly led at the interval through Gareth Bale. 

 

But late pressure took its toll on the hosts and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored late on to put a dent in Wales’ bid to reach Russia.

 

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