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Serbia tops World Cup qualifying group after draw with Wales

The result leaves Wales trailing Group D leaders Serbia by four points with as many games left to play.’So I think Wales are in a good position at the moment.”There’s nothing wrong with it at all – he’s called a foul on Shane Duffy and I can’t see it”, said O’Neill.A year on from their opening match against Slovenia at Euro 2016, it was a test of just how much Coleman’s side had grown since reaching the semi-finals in France.”He’ll know what we need from him going into this game”.”It’s identical. It’s what we thought as soon as he did it”.”I felt at the end we were looking to win it, we had two or three breakaways where it could have been different”.Chris Coleman’s side were missing star man Gareth Bale due to suspension in Belgrade but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey inspired the visitors into a half-time lead when he floated in a 35th-minute penalty, sending goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way.”We’ve been here before, we can’t seal the deal”. “But I’ve had to mention it [now] because people think: ‘If we don’t get the right result or performance, what’s my future?’ But there’s another 12 points after that and if it’s second place that we’re chasing, but it’s doable, then I’ve got to absolutely go for that with everything that I’ve got”.”Sometimes you can feel a bit isolated, sometimes people go into their shell and, when that happens, bad things happen on a football pitch”.Third-placed Wales have seven points after a patchy campaign saw them win one and draw four matches, with Coleman ruing a missed opportunity to beat the Serbians when they drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in Cardiff.They will also be without main man Gareth Bale as the Real Madrid forward is suspended for the Belgrade clash.Ramsey looked to have win it with 10 minutes remaining but his close-range effort was deflected just wide and Wales would have to settle for an unwanted record of five consecutive draws.”You expect a tough game here”.”This is helpful for us and, of course, we are now stronger and in a great moment”. Serbia now sit in first, level on points with the Republic of Ireland and are under pressure to beat Wales in order to remain in the driver’s seat.It was Wales’ fifth successive draw, but in the cold light of day manager Chris Coleman will consider this a job well done ahead of September qualifiers against Austria and Moldova.Up next for the Republic is Georgia away on September 2, then they host Serbia three days later.”For us this is one of the most important games in the last couple of years”, said Ivanovic, one of several Serbians with extensive experience of the Premier League.