Serbia 6 Wales 1: Kolarov and Co hammer Coleman's side in humiliating second defeat
20:40 GMT, 11 September 2012
Wales' World Cup aspirations lie in tatters as this inept display at the Karadjordje Stadium saw them roundly thumped by Serbia.
Woeful defending played a major part in Wales' heaviest defeat since 2006 and Aleksandar Kolarov and Zoran Tosic had the hosts 2-0 up inside 25 minutes.
Gareth Bale gave Wales hope with a stunning free-kick but Filip Duricic got a third for the hosts before the break and Dusan Tadic, Branislav Ivanovic and Miralen Sulejmani completed the rout.
Demolition: Aleksandar Kolarov (No 11) led Serbia to a devastating win over Wales
Serbia: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Bisevac, Nastasic, Kolarov, Tadic, Fejsa, Ignjovski (Mijailovic 85 min), Duricic (Lekic 81min), Tosic (Sulejmani 70min), Markovic.
Substitutes not used: Kahriman, Petrovic, Maksimovic, Tomovic, Matic, Ninkovic, Subotic, Lazovic, Brkic.
Goals: Kolarov 16, Tosic 24, Duricic 39, Tadic 55, Ivanovic 80, Sulejmani 90
Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Blake, Matthews (Ricketts 45min), Edwards (Vaughan 45min), Allen (King 71min), Ramsey, Bale, Morison, Church.
Substitutes not used: Brown, Davies, Richards, Earnshaw, Vokes,
Jonathan Williams, Robson-Kanu, Price.
Goals: Bale 31
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)
Wales has been boosted by the return of
Joe Allen as they looked to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign
back on track against a resolute Serbia outfit.
The Liverpool midfielder missed
Friday's 2-0 defeat to Belgium through illness but he was back in the
side as the only change to Chris Coleman's starting XI, replacing James
Collins who missed out through suspension.
Serbia boss Sinisa Mihajlovic made
three changes from his team's draw with Scotland as Ljubomir Fejsa,
Lazar Markovic and Dusan Tadic all started in a side including Chelsea's
Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester City's Matija Nastasic and Aleksandar
Wales started positively with Ashley
Williams heading over from an Aaron Ramsey corner in the sixth minute
and Gareth Bale posing problems down the right flank.
But it took a block from Adam Matthews
to keep out a free header from Nastasic at the other end, before Darcy
Blake came close to putting through his own net with a sliced clearance.
Wales fell behind after 15 minutes when Ivanovic won a free-kick on the right edge of the area.
Kolarov, who had been critical of
Wales in the build-up to the game, stepped up to curl a left-footed
effort over the wall and beyond Boaz Myhill.
Classy: Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic scored Serbia's second goal of the night
Little to cheer: Gareth Bale (left) scored a wonderful free-kick before succumbing to a humiliating defeat
And the deficit doubled in the 24th minute with Kolarov turning creator.
The left-back was somehow allowed to
pick his way past Williams and Chris Gunter to get away a shot from near
the byline. Myhill blocked that effort but Tosic converted the
It would have been worse for Wales had
Gunter not blocked Tadic's goalbound effort with the visitors looking
vulnerable almost every time the hosts came forward.
Bale gave them a lifeline just after
the half-hour mark as he picked himself up after being fouled by Milan
Bisevac to thump home a superb swerving free-kick from almost 30 yards.
It was the first goal of Coleman's
stint in charge, but Wales' defensive frailties resurfaced to undermine
their attempt at a recovery.
Blake's awful defensive header allowed Tadic to play in Filip Duricic and he held off Matthews and fired high into Myhill's net.
Not your day: Chris Coleman watched his side take a beating against a strong Serbia side
Whack! Kolarov curled in a beauty to open the scoring for the Serbs
Coleman withdrew Matthews, who had
endured a torrid time up against Tadic and Tosic, and David Edwards,
bringing on Sam Ricketts and David Vaughan.
But it made little difference. Aaron
Ramsey gave away the ball cheaply in midfield and only a block from
Gunter prevented some lovely interplay between Markovic, Tadic and
Duricic producing the latter's second of the night.
But Tadic made no mistake in the 55th
minute. Ivanovic dispossessed Bale and beat Ricketts down the right
before sliding the ball across to give Tadic a simple finish.
Tosic went close to grabbing his second after more good work from Duricic, with Ricketts making a vital intervention.
Wales were once again guilty of making problems for themselves when it came to the fifth goal.
Blake surrendered possession on the
edge of their own area, and home skipper Ivanovic capitalised to slide a
right-footed effort into the bottom corner.
Substitute Miralen Sulejmani then rounded off the scoring as his deflected strike looped in over Myhill.
The goal made this Wales' worst result since the 7-1 loss to Holland in 1996, on the most miserable of nights for the visitors.
Humiliated: Serbia scored six goals with six different scorers
New boy: Manchester City signing Matija Nastasic (right) marshaled Steve Morison well at the back for Serbia