Aleksandar Mitrovic saves Serbia late on – Watch his goal and celebrations here
Aleksandar Mitrovic is proving to be Serbia’s main man.
After scoring in each of his last four international appearances, the Newcastle striker scored perhaps the most important goal so far on Saturday night in Cardiff.
A match that was full of commitment and desire but short on real quality and clear chances, saw Serbia grab a crucial late point.
Defeat would have seen Serbia fall to third in Group D, three points behind the Republic of Ireland and one behind Wales.
Ciaran Clark had helped Ireland to a valuable 1-0 win in Vienna earlier in the day, a result that now looks to have narrowed qualification from a four horse to three horse race.
Group D now looking like this in terms of points after four games:
10 Republic of Ireland
Gareth Bale had put Wales ahead in the first half, one of only two strikes the home side had on target all night.
With possession shared exactly 50/50 and seven yellow cards shared between the teams, there was very little in it, but Bale’s one bit of quality looked to have decided it.
Then with five minutes to go, Bale had a chance to finish the game off but his shot came back off the inside of the post and 50 seconds later it was 1-1.
Mitrovic (four goals in his last three Newcastle matches) had been starved of decent service all night but then a right wing cross was floated in and despite moving away from goal he managed to get in a very good header that gave the keeper no chance as it went in off the left hand post.
Cue typical mad Mitrovic celebrations and two minutes later the Newcastle striker was subbed to a great ovation from the travelling fans.
Watch the goal and Mitrovic celebrations below.
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