Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Serbia | 2018 - FIFA World Cup | 2017784

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
5 September 2017 - 19:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Serbia

Full-time Kolarov(55)
Republic of Ireland Serbia

REPORT: Ireland 0-1 Serbia - Defeat sees Ireland drop to third

Republic of Ireland dropped to third in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying Group D after a narrow defeat to Serbia at the Aviva Stadium.
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5th Sep 2017

AS Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov scored the only goal of the game to secure the three points for Serbia who go four points clear at the top of the group. 

Martin O'Neill made two changes to the side which claimed a 1-1 draw in Georgia on Saturday as Norwich City playmaker Wes Hoolahan and Hull City midfielder David Meyler came into the side for Glenn Whelan and Harry Arter. 

The changes definitely had the desired effect as Ireland dominated the early stages of the game and Serbia rarely threatened. In fact, O'Neill thought his side had the dream start when Shane Duffy nodded the ball in the net from a Robbie Brady cross in the 10th minute, but it was collectedly ruled out for offside. 

Serbia had their first real chance of the game just past the half-hour as Aleksandar Mitrovic had Darren Randolph at full stretch. Kolarov was played into the left-side of the area by Dusan Tadic and his low cut-back from the byline found the Newcastle striker who saw his goal-bound shot brilliantly palmed away. 

Despite Ireland's dominance of possession, Serbia had another good chance to go ahead four minutes from the break. Once again, Kolarov's pace down the left saw him dig out a cross towards Antonio Rukavina but his shot was placed a yard over the top right-hand corner. 

In the 54th minute, Serbia took the lead. A well-worked move from right to left on the edge of the area saw Tadic find Kostic who laid the ball into the path of the onrushing Kolarov, who powered the ball home past Randolph. 

O'Neill brought Daryl Murphy on for Wes Hoolahan and the Nottingham Forest forward's influence saw Serbia reduced to ten men. A Shane Long header saw Nikola Maksimovic struggling to beat Murphy to the ball and after bringing down the Irish striker with a reckless challenge, he was shown a straight red card in the 68th minute.

The sending off saw Ireland begin to pour forward as David Meyler rasped a fierce shot wide of the right-hand post in the 71st minute before Ireland were denied a penalty five minutes later. Substitute Callum O'Dowda turned past Branislav Ivanovic to cross for Murphy who appeared to be held by Stefan Mitrovic but the referee waved the protests away before Cyrus Christie fired wide.

Five minutes from the end, Murphy was at the centre of the action once again as he collected Shane Long's header to see his first shot blocked but his second shot brilliantly saved by Vladimir Stojkovic from just inside the area.

Conor Hourihane fired past the left-hand post moments later and in the final minute of the game, Hourihane once again fired wide from a Shane Duffy knock-down.

In stoppage-time, James McClean smashed the ball well wide from just outside the area, Ireland's final chance of the game, which sees Martin O'Neill's side drop to third in Group D with games against Moldova and Wales remaining. 

Teams 

Republic of Ireland: Randolph (GK), Christie, Clark, Long, Brady, McClean, Hoolahan (Murphy 61), Ward (O'Dowda 71), Meyler (Hourihane 79), Walters (C), Duffy.

Subs not used: Westwood (GK), Elliot (GK), O'Shea, Keogh, Whelan, Horgan, Long, Hayes, Arter.

Serbia: Stojkovic (GK), Rukavina, Ivanovic (C), Mitrovic (Prijovic 79), Tadic (Gudelj 81), Kolarov, Vukovic, Millvojevic, Kostic (S Mitrovic 72), Maksimovic, Matic, 

Subs not used: Jovanovic (GK), Rajkovic (GK), Obradovic, Nastasic, Tosic, Gacinovic, Spajic, Radoja, Ljajic.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

Yellow card(s): Rukavina, McClean, Brady, Stojkovic.

Red card: Maksimovic

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Christie 3 Clark 9 Long 10 Brady 11 McClean 14 Hoolahan 17 Ward 18 Meyler 19 Walters (C) 20 Duffy

Serbia

1 Stojković (G) 2 Rukavina 6 Ivanović (C) 9 A. Mitrović 10 Tadić 11 Kolarov 15 Vuković 16 Milivojević 17 Kostić 19 Maksimović 21 Matić

Substitutes

  • 23 Aleksandar Jovanović (G)
  • 12 Predrag Rajković (G)
  • 3 Ivan Obradović
  • 4 Nemanja Gudelj
  • 5 Matija Nastasić
  • 7 Zoran Tošić
  • 8 Aleksandar Prijovic
  • 13 Stefan Mitrović
  • 14 Mijat Gačinović
  • 18 Uroš Spajić
  • 20 Nemanja Radoja
  • 22 Adem Ljajić

Officials

  • Referee Cüneyt Çakır
  • Assistant Referee Bahattin Duran
  • Assistant Referee Tarik Ongun
  • 4th Referee Hüseyin Göçek
  • Uefa Delegate Balázs Makray
  • Referee Observer Manuel Mejuto González
  • Timothy Tuomey

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nikola Maksimović (Serbia).
  • 1" Nemanja Matić (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 2" Nemanja Matić (Serbia) has a shot blocked.
  • 2" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 2" Jagoš Vuković (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 4" Branislav Ivanović (Serbia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 7" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 8" Filip Kostić (Serbia) takes the corner.
  • 10" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 10" Jagoš Vuković (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 10" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 10" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 11" Aleksandar Mitrović (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 11" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Nikola Maksimović (Serbia).
  • 11" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Filip Kostić (Serbia) fouls.
  • 12" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Luka Milivojević (Serbia) takes the corner.
  • 16" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 16" Nikola Maksimović (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 16" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 19" Nemanja Matić (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 19" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 20" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 20" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 21" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Nemanja Matić (Serbia).
  • 25" Filip Kostić (Serbia) fouls.
  • 25" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 26" Nemanja Matić (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 26" Aleksandar Mitrović (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland).
  • 26" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Luka Milivojević (Serbia).
  • 28" Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 29" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 29" Nikola Maksimović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 31" Nikola Maksimović (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).
  • 33" Aleksandar Mitrović (Serbia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 33" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 34" Dušan Tadić (Serbia) delivers the corner.
  • 36" Aleksandar Mitrović (Serbia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland).
  • 37" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 38" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 39" Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Luka Milivojević (Serbia) takes the corner.
  • 41" Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) has a shot blocked.
  • 41" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 42" Antonio Rukavina (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 43" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Branislav Ivanović (Serbia).
  • 44" Nikola Maksimović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Dušan Tadić (Serbia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 46" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 46" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 48" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Branislav Ivanović (Serbia).
  • 48" Branislav Ivanović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 50" Jagoš Vuković (Serbia) fouls.
  • 51" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Antonio Rukavina (Serbia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 53" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 53" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 55" Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) scores!
  • 58" Aleksandar Mitrović (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 58" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dušan Tadić (Serbia).
  • 60" Branislav Ivanović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 60" Aleksandar Mitrović (Serbia) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 60" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Filip Kostić (Serbia) is flagged for offside.
  • 61" Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 62" Daryl Murphy (in) - Wes Hoolahan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 62" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 67" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dušan Tadić (Serbia).
  • 68" Jagoš Vuković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Nikola Maksimović (Serbia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 68" Nikola Maksimović (Serbia) is dismissed.
  • 70" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 70" Nemanja Matić (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 70" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 70" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 71" Branislav Ivanović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 72" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Luka Milivojević (Serbia).
  • 72" Callum O'Dowda (in) - Stephen Ward (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 72" Stefan Mitrović (in) - Filip Kostić (out) (Serbia)
  • 72" Branislav Ivanović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" David Meyler (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 74" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).
  • 74" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 74" Jagoš Vuković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 76" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 79" Aleksandar Prijovic (in) - Aleksandar Mitrović (out) (Serbia)
  • 79" Conor Hourihane (in) - David Meyler (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 80" Jagoš Vuković (Serbia) fouls.
  • 81" Nemanja Gudelj (in) - Dušan Tadić (out) (Serbia)
  • 82" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Antonio Rukavina (Serbia).
  • 82" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" Aleksandar Prijovic (Serbia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland).
  • 83" Jon Walters (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 83" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 86" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 86" Branislav Ivanović (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 86" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 86" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 87" Aleksandar Prijovic (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 88" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 88" Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jagoš Vuković (Serbia).
  • 89" Nemanja Matić (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Stefan Mitrović (Serbia) fouls.
  • 90" Cyrus Christie (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+2" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90+4" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Stefan Mitrović (Serbia).
  • 90+4" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+4" Vladimir Stojković (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+5" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90+5" Daryl Murphy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Serbia

Corners Won

5 4

Shots on Target

3 3

Shots off Target

9 3

Fouls Committed

19 15
  • Republic of Ireland

    Serbia

  • 0Goals1
  • 2Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 3Shots on Goal3
  • 9Shots Wide3
  • 5Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 4Save(s)8
  • 17Total Shots8
  • 19Fouls Committed15
  • 5Corner(s)4
  • 1Offside(s)2