Wales can handle Serbia without Bale, says Allen

Wales can handle Serbia without Bale, says Allen

BELGRADE, June 11 Wales and Serbia kept alive their hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup finals in Russian Federation after battling out a tense 1-1 draw in an absorbing Group D qualifier on Sunday.

“You can’t come here and play open football for 90 minutes”.

For Czechoslovakia’s Antonin Panenka chipped his way into football folklore when he scored the shoot-out victor against West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final in Belgrade.

Ramsey’s goal in the World Cup Group D qualifier was the catalyst for the trouble.

On the pitch, Wales and Serbia drew 1-1 in Belgrade on Sunday.

But, once more, Mitrovic proved its nemesis with a clinical left-footed strike – a fifth of the campaign – to move his side back above Republic of Ireland, who also have 12 points, on goal difference at the top of the table.

Goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic foolishly attempted to shield a long ball out of play on the right and dragged Ramsey to ground, conceding a free-kick from which Luka Milivojevic’s tug on Sam Vokes’ shirt saw a penalty awarded to the visitors. Nemanja Gudelj released a measured pass behind Davies and it was a lovely flick from Aleksandar Prijovic that Mitrovic dispatched inside Wayne Hennessey’s near post. They face Austria and Moldova next and, realistically, will need to pick up maximum points from those fixtures after a run of five successive draws.

However, ultimately the result is the all-important thing and this draw, while not putting Wales out of contention, does make all of these last four games win or bust.

Chris Coleman returns to the country where he suffered his worst moment as Wales manager when he leads his team out against Serbia in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. You know, I am out there to enjoy myself as well, and though it was a big occasion, a big moment in this qualification campaign, I felt calm and comfortable doing it’. “We’re still chasing, four points, but let’s see what happens”.

“We’ve tried to use all the positives of last summer and I hope we’ll be able to do that throughout our careers”, said Allen.

“I regret that we failed to reward this wonderful home crowd with a win after a poor start to the match, as we put ourselves under enormous pressure to win the game”. “He ended the season really strongly and he’s an example of someone who’s really hitting top form at an important time for Wales“, Allen added.

Welshmen, having collected today in its composition a number of players of the world scale, looked good at the European Championships in France in 2016.

Ireland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Austria earlier with Stoke City striker Jon Walters volleying in the equaliser with five minutes left in Dublin.