Disappointment for Wales as Mitrović scores a late equaliser to rescue a point for Serbia. Wales remain third in group D and are now 4 points behind group leaders, the Republic of Ireland.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Wales after half an hour of play but for Mitrović to equalise late on to rescue a point for Serbia.
Wales remain third in group D, but are four points adrift of the Republic of Ireland who sit top with 10 points from four games.
Although Wales are undefeated Chris Coleman will be disappointed to draw the last two games at Cardiff City Stadium.
Wales will now travel to Dublin to face group leaders, the Republic of Ireland in their next group D clash on the 24th of March, 2017.
Wales 1-1 Serbia
After missing the first three games in group D Aaron Ramsey returned to Wales’ starting XI, with Joe Allen also bolstering Wales’ midfield after missing the 1-1 draw vs Georgia last month.
A frantic start to the game saw Tadić with the best opportunity of the opening stages of the game, hitting the target with a header but for Neil Taylor to clear from his own goal line.
After half an hour of play Gareth Bale scored the opener, Hal Robson-Kanu stealing possession from the Serbs on the right wing before feeding Bale with a well-paced pass. The Blancos forward made no mistake from the edge of the area driving a low shot past Serbian goalkeeper, Stojkovic.
This was goal number 26 for Bale in a Wales shirt, with the Real Madrid star now only needing three more goals to surpass Ian Rush’s all time goal scoring record with 28 goals.
Serbia had a decent opportunity to equalise before the break, Matić unleashing a strong shot goalbound from outside of the area but for Hennessy to palm the danger away.
After the break Bale had another goalden opportunity to further Wales’ lead but for his long range free-kick to be saved by Stojkovic,
Serbia dominated possession for long periods of the second half, bombarding Wales’ penalty area with crosses but for Coleman’s defense to resist the incoming danger.
With the mounting pressure over and Wales hopeful of their second victory in group D, Coleman’s side were hit with a sucker punch on the counter attack. Mitrović header evading Hennessey and landing in Wales’ goal.
Serbia’s goal came seconds after Bale hit the post at the other end of the field.
Although Wales are still undefeated Coleman and the fans will be disappointed after only picking up four points from their opening four games in group D – and having played three of the four games at Cardiff’s Cardiff City Stadium.
Wales now face the Republic of Ireland in their next group D fixture, a must win for Wales if they hope of a return to International football’s grandest stage.
On this day in 1973 Trevor Hockey became the first Welsh international to be sent off.