The Republic of Ireland are defeated by Serbia in the World Cup qualifier

The Republic of Ireland slipped to the third place in the Group D after they were defeated by a 0-1 score in the World Cup qualifier in Dublin on 5th of September.

The Republic was battling their way through managing to maintain a clean sheet in the first half and threaten at times. However, after the break, much has changed with Aleksander Kolarov’s goal in the 55 minute for Serbs. There was some hope for the home side, when Nikola Maksimovic received a red-card in the 68th minute, leaving the visitors with a 10-man team. However, they held on despite the deficit, finishing this game with another win that almost guarantees their automatical progression into the World Cup 2018.

The chances that Republic will be able to qualify remains an unlikely option, especially after Wales manifested a 2-0 win against Moldova. The team will play against Moldova on 6th of October in Dublin, and will have to battle against Wales in Cardiff just three days after.

If Martin O’Neill’s men would go above Wales and finish second, there will still be a difficult way to battle in the play-offs, where only 8 from 9 runners-up will earn places in the final competition.

The home side started well, but it was obvious that they lacked something what the Serbs always had. Serbia knew what to do and was careful with every detail, even after the opener, the team was acting together to hold on and slow down the game. As we saw one game level here, the used tactics will surely won’t work again in the further stages of the competition.

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