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Serbia - Republic of Ireland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 6 September 2016
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It ends Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland, and that is a valuable point for Martin O'Neill's side in their Group D opener, thanks to Daryl Murphy's 80th-minute equaliser.
A late chance for Murphy to run at the Serbia defence but he is unable to control and Rajkovic is out to nick the ball.
- OffShane LongRepublic of Ireland
- OnCiaran ClarkRepublic of Ireland
Ciaran Clark comes on as O'Neill goes five at the back - he comes on for the injured Long, who limps off with a left leg injury.
Three minutes of additional time, as Walters pulls back Katai and Serbia win a free-kick.
Long wins the ball off Tosic but there is no white shirt in the box and the Southampton player is ultimately dispossessed.
Whelan gets a yellow card for a late tackle on Tadic as the Southampton star looks to run at the Ireland defence.
CHANCE: Randolph makes a good save from Ivanovic and Coleman helps out his goalkeeper with a hooked clearance off the line as the ball bounces back off Walters.
- OffFilip KosticSerbia
- OnAleksandar KataiSerbia
And another change for Serbia.
GOAL: Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland. Daryl Murphy thumps home Brady's corner to level it up on the night.
All to do for Ireland..
CHANCE: McClean heads wide, following a good run down the right by Coleman. Good play from a resurgent Ireland.
- OffFilip MladenovicSerbia
- OnDusko TosicSerbia
Dusko Tosic replaces Mladenovic at the back for the home side.
Brady's corner is too deep, and despite a flap from Rajkovic, Ireland are unable to make anything of the chance.
- OffJeff HendrickRepublic of Ireland
- OnDaryl MurphyRepublic of Ireland
Long holds off Nastasic and Ireland win the corner down the right. Daryl Murphy replaces Hendrick for the visitors.
Hendrick dinks in a lovely left-footed cross, but Walters is offside as he nets from just outside the six-yard box.
CHANCE: Pavlovic is in to run in to Randolph's spill, but he raps the crossbar from 10 yards out.
- OffStephen WardRepublic of Ireland
- OnStephen QuinnRepublic of Ireland
O'Neill is bringing on Stephen Quinn for Ward, and Ireland will go 4-4-2 with Walters going up front with Long.
- Goal by penaltyDusan TadicSerbia
GOAL: Serbia 2-1 Republic of Ireland, Tadic drills home his ninth international goal from the spot-kick and Serbia lead.
Penalty, as Walters clips Kostic's heels as the pair run on to a Mladenovic pass.
Randolph is unconvincing with a save, but he is up to block Tadic's shot from Rukavina's pass from second-phase possession.
O'Neill is very animated on the touchline, as Hendrick is fouled. Brady will swing it in from the right, but Kassai blows up for a shove by Whelan as he competes for a second ball.
Ivanovic made the move with a good run down the right, but the Ireland defence perhaps switched off in the build-up.
- GoalFilip KosticSerbia
GOAL: Serbia 1-1 Republic of Ireland. Kostic nets from close range following Tadic's turn and hook around O'Shea.
From the free-kick, Milivojevic is unable to worry Randolph in the Ireland goal.
- OffAleksandar MitrovicSerbia
- OnAndrija PavlovicSerbia
And off comes the ineffectual Mitrovic.
- Yellow cardRobbie BradyRepublic of Ireland
Brady fouls Kostic and then kicks the ball away - and he gets a very silly yellow card for that. Brady goes down injured, but he is almost certainly codding the referee.
CHANCE: Tadic curls a shot wide from the edge of the area after Mitrovic holds the ball up under pressure from O'Shea in his own area.
Ward, winning his 38th cap tonight, does well to nick the ball off Mitrovic but then Brady shows poor control from the pass.
McClean has a chance to run at Rukavina down the left but the Derryman's touch is heavy and Serbia are able to clear.
Shouts of 'penalty' from the Serbia fans as the ball hits Coleman's backside, then his elbow, from Mladenovic's cross. Referee Kassai waves play on.
Tadic finds Rukavina down the right but his pass to Mitrovic is overhit and Randolph can gather the ball.
The rain is falling again - most of the supporters in this rundown stadium are under the stands though. We hear the first major chorus of 'The Fields of Athenry" from the Ireland fans.
Coleman does well to make the tackle on the halfway line. Walters is back out to the right, with Long up front.
Serbia have had all the possession in the early stages of the second half, but Ireland are keeping their shape and doing well.
Brady commits a silly pull at Tadic and Serbia have a free-kick, but Whelan is able to clear the set-piece.
- 2nd Half
And we are off in Belgrade. Serbia in red kick off from right to left. Incidentally, there are only about 10,000 people here in this 53,000 seat capacity stadium.
- End of 1st Half
The referee blows for half-time, just seconds after Mitrovic wastes a good chance to tap in from six yards after Randolph pushes out Rukavina's cross straight into his path.
Ivanovic is alert to the danger of Long from Hendrick's lovely chipped cross from the right following a good move involving Coleman.
Hendrick wins the ball and tries to set free Long down the right, and the Southampton star wins the throw down the right following Vukovic's challenge.
Walters and Long have swapped positions in Ireland's 4-5-1, with the Stoke player up front and Long popping up on the right.
11 Ireland players behind the ball as Vukovic gets the ball on the halfway line. Good defence from the visitors.
From the second ball, Tadic cuts back one time too many down the left and by the time the cross comes in, there is no red shirt in the box and Randolph is out to catch.
McClean tracks back to stop the run of Rukavina and concedes another corner, Serbia's fourth of the evening. Randolph punches Tadic's set-piece clear.
Serbia break quickly but Brady, who has just taken the free-kick, runs back and outpaces Ivanovic on the counter-attack.
Gudelj takes out Ward down the left flank and this is another good chance for Brady to swing one in. Rajkovic is awkward in punching clear Long's header from Brady's great free-kick.
Brady's free-kick is half cleared, and Ireland win their first corner of the night as McClean's second ball is deflected. But it is wasted, as the ref blows up for offside when Brady plays the short corner back to Hendrick.
Ivanovic shoves into the back of Long and Brady has a chance to swing one in to Keogh and O'Shea.
The pitch is cutting up in Ireland's half - where most of the play has been.
Mitrovic takes advantage of a Whelan slip on the edge of the area, but his shot flicks off Coleman for Serbia's third corner of the game. Nastasic pokes at the cross from the left, but Kassai blows up for a free-kick for an earlier foul.
Tadic plays the ball down the left, Kostic crosses but Whelan does well to clear.
It has stopped raining in Belgrade now. Coleman is under pressure down the right - if Serbia do score, it is likely to come from down Serbia's left flank.
Mladenovic wins a corner off Coleman, but Serbia mess up the short corner and Long can eventually clear.
- Yellow cardJeff HendrickRepublic of Ireland
Hendrick is shown a yellow card for leading with the elbow when jumping with Nastasic as the pair jump for a high ball. That's two yellow cards for Ireland.
Coleman is across to help out O'Shea, who missed a long ball down the pitch from the goalkeeper Rajkovic.
SAVE: Randolph saves an angled shot to his left by Kostic. And the West Ham goalkeeper is out to catch Tadic's cross from the short corner.
Tadic's free-kick is headed up in the air by O'Shea, and Randolph flaps at the loose ball under pressure from Ivanovic before Coleman hacks away off the line.
- Yellow cardStephen WardRepublic of Ireland
First yellow card of the night, and it is a harsh one for Stephen Ward, who seems to win the ball off Rukavina.
Ward plays the ball down the left channel but it is always running away from Long, and the Southampton striker ends up fouling Ivanovic.
Kostic takes the ball down the left channel and shoots from distance, but Randolph is always behind the ball despite a slight deflection off, I think, Hendrick.
O'Neill is frustrated by another Serbia foul, this time by Gudelj on Whelan.
Rajkovic tarries on the ball and Long is almost in to nick the ball off the Serbia goalkeeper.
Ward reads a Tadic dummy down the left then the frustrated Southampton player pulls back the Ireland left-back and ref Kassai blows for a foul.
Serbia have a free-kick on their own penalty area as Long jumps into Nastasic following a free-kick up the field.
Tadic sets up Rukavina down the right but McClean tracks back and doesn't even concede the corner as the last touch comes off the Serbia defender.
Brady is an inside left position, with Hendrick an inside right position, with McClean and Walters the wingers. Serbia are playing a 4-3-3 formation.
Tadic tries to make space but Brady does well to track back and win the ball, then Whelan wins a free-kick following a poor Ivanovic challenge.
Good wing play from Mladenovic and then Kostic, who are ganging up on Coleman, but Tadic is unable to get a shot on target.
Another fine cross from Brady is flicked on by Walters ahead of Nastasic, but Long is caught offside.
Very downbeat atmosphere in the stadium, apart from that noise from those in green.
That may have deflected off Branislav Ivanovic, but if not, that is Hendrick's first goal in his 27th appearance.
- GoalJeff HendrickRepublic of Ireland
GOAL: Serbia 0-1 Republic of Ireland. Hendrick drills home from the edge of the area after Mitrovic is unable to convincingly clear O'Shea's cross from the right following Brady's free-kick.
McClean tumbles under a challenge by Filip Mladenovic down the left and Ireland have a chance to float a cross in from the edge of the area.
- 1st Half
Still very wet in Belgrade, and the stadium is empty because of a fan protest. Serbia are in red shorts and shirts, Ireland in white shorts and socks and green shorts
O'Neill admits that there is little room for error with just one automatic qualification spot up for grabs. "Three of our first four games are away from home. We need to stay in the competition before we actually even get into it, and these games are tough,” the Derryman said. "I think this will be so tight. Teams will take points from each other. We could end up with the lowest number of points. But if you end up on top, where you want to be, then does that matter?"
The Republic of Ireland have never beaten Serbia in three previous encounters, losing two and playing out a goalless draw in their last match in Belgrade in August 2012. The last time Ireland played a competitive match in Belgrade, Serbia was still part of Yugoslavia.
Serbia skipper Branislav Ivanovic is expecting a tough battle against an Ireland team that combines youth with experience. "What I am especially impressed about is their level of continuity," the Chelsea defender said. "They have been playing together for a while, there’s a nice mix of young players and players with experience, and it might be the fact that I have played in the Premier League for so long that I understand how difficult an opponent Ireland really is."
"Are we in better shape? We should be. I'm not talking about physically but mentally we should be with some of the games we've gone through," O'Neill said. "In those matches we had in France, I actually think that strength of knowing that we beat Germany and came through against Bosnia [in the qualifiers was a help]"
O'Neill hopes Ireland's run to the last 16 of Euro 2016 has helped his players acclimatise to the demands of international football.
Muslin is looking to take Serbia to their first major tournament since the 2010 World Cup, with Wales, Austria, Georgia, Moldova and Ireland also competing for the one automatic qualifying place for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Austria beat Georgia 2-1 in the group's earlier match in Tbilisi this afternoon.
Muslin took over from Curcic, who was sacked in April, and has overseen friendly victories over Cyprus and Israel in May and a 1-1 draw with Russia in Monaco in June, but the 63-year-old's recent club managerial record is patchy, and he lasted just two months in his last job at Standard Liege amid rumours that his brusque style alienated the players.
Muslin is without Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who were both dismissed at the Red Star Stadium as Serbia missed out on a place at the Euro 2016 finals, finishing fourth in Group I behind Portugal, Albania and Denmark.
Serbia boss Slavoljub Muslin has made eight changes to the side that started the 2-1 home defeat to Portugal in their final Euro 2016 qualifier in October 2015, as he looks to create a younger squad from the one he inherited from his predecessor Radovan Curcic. Only Luka Milivojevic, Dusan Tadic, and Aleksandar Mitrovic remain from the team that started in Belgrade 11 months ago.
SERBIA: Rajkovic, Ivanovic, Nastasic, Vukovic, Rukavina, Mladenovic, Gudelj, Milivojevic, Kostic, Tadic, Mitrovic. Subs: To follow.///REPUBLIC OF IRELAND. Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Ward, Whelan, Hendrick, Walters, Brady, McClean, Long. Subs: To follow.
The game goes ahead after a pitch inspection by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai - it has been raining all day in the Serbian capital.
Everton full-back Seamus Coleman starts in Belgrade and captains the side despite not playing for his club this season following an ankle injury. Glenn Whelan replaces the injured James McCarthy in the holding role in front of the back four, with Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady starting in central midfield, while Jon Walters starts on the right flank in place of Daryl Murphy.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has made three changes to the side that started their last competitive fixture, the 2-1 defeat to France in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 tie in Lyon on 26 June. Ireland defender Shane Duffy misses out through suspension following his red card against France in Lyon, so Sunderland central defender John O'Shea starts despite missing the last three weeks with a hip injury.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary from the World Cup Group D Qualifier between Serbia and the Republic of Ireland. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) taking you through all the action from the Crvena Zvezda Stadium in Belgrade.