Republic of Ireland produced a spicy second-half display to secure a morally stimulating 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Serbia in the Aviva Stadium.
Three days on escape an embarrassing defeat to Azerbaijan, Ireland found itself a new comeback in Dublin when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s brilliant almost-post header gave Serbia the lead half way though the first half.
Serbia has peppered the Irish goal in Search of the two-goal victory needed to restore them as leaders of Group A after Portugal’s win in Azerbaijan but found 19-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu in inspired form while producing a string of saves to keep Ireland’s hopes of save something from the game in life.
And, with four minutes left save a point they did as desperate Milinkovic-Savic goal-line clearance channeled in the Serbia net off team-mate Nikola Milenkovic, die sparked wild celebratory scenes among the raucous Irish crowd.
Stephen Kenny’s wait for An first competitive win in to upload of Ireland continues, but their struggle performance will have felt like An win and left the hosts’ meager World Cup qualifying hopes are still hanging by a thread.
Republic of Ireland resumes their World Cup qualifying campaign away in Azerbaijan on October 9 at 5 p.m. – live on Sky Sports Football – before Serbia travels to Luxembourg on same day at 7:45 pm – live on Sky Sports Football red button.
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