Scotland and Serbia fought out a disappointing draw, with both sides severely lacking in inspiration.

Allan McGregor saved well from Aleksandar Kolarov's early free kick and did brilliantly to block Dusan Tadic's effort in the last minute.

The Scots' best opportunities fell to Kenny Miller, but the striker was unable to take any of them.

Steven Naismith and Robert Snodgrass also went close and James Forrest was denied in stoppage time.

But a victory would have flattered the Scots, who struggled at times to break down the Serbian defence.

It leaves Craig Levein's side desperately needing a win over Macedonia on Tuesday, with World Cup qualifying group A rivals Belgium and Croatia having picked up wins against Wales and Macedonia, respectively, on Friday.

The importance of having McGregor fit to play was underlined as early as the seventh minute as he got down to his right-hand post to keep out Kolarov's free kick, which had threatened to sneak in.

Scotland left-back Paul Dixon

Dixon gave an assured performance at left-back

The early stages hinted at an open match, with both sides keen to push forward quickly.

Scotland forced a series of early corners, to no great effect, and the Serbs looked dangerous on the counter-attack - Gary Caldwell marking his 50th cap with a last-ditch challenge inside the six-yard box to deny Darko Lasovic.

The Scots began to look more dangerous when Snodgrass came to life midway through the first half. His jinking run into the box ended with a shot that Vladimir Stojkovic managed to touch wide.

Moments later, Naismith just failed to get enough purchase on a header from a teasing Snodgrass cross to trouble Stojkovic.

Paul Dixon had made an assured debut, with some good crosses from the left, and a well-timed tackle on Zoran Tosic, who was making inroads towards the Scots goal, would have settled him further.

His fellow full-back, Alan Hutton, was also getting forward well and, when a hefty challenge on him earned Matija Nastasic the game's first yellow card half-an-hour in, Charlie Adam almost caught out Stojkovic with a direct effort on goal from the free-kick.

After early signs that the goals would flow, the game fell flat, though Miller almost got lucky with a chip that landed on the roof of the net before Lazovic had a low shot well dealt with by the largely untroubled McGregor.

Stojkovic had also had a comfortable afternoon and gathered the half's final effort - an ambitious chip from Adam - with ease.

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The tempo remained less-than-frenetic after the break, though Miller had a sight of goal from a Christophe Berra knockdown but could not turn it into the net.

McGregor flew to his left to ensure an Aleksandar Ignjovski drive landed wide, while a Kolarov effort flashed even closer, with the keeper beaten.

In between those attempts, though, Miller should have had Scotland in front as he twice beat the offside trap.

Stojkovic did well to come out and block the first of his opportunities, but the striker completely failed to connect with James Morrison's lob when gifted a free header six yards out.

Naismith, too, passed up a glorious chance to nudge Scotland ahead, as he latched on to Caldwell's nicely-judged pass only to screw the shot past the far post.

Another miscued Miller header with just a quarter-of-an-hour remaining had the home fans groaning and pleading for the introduction of Jordan Rhodes.

It was only a matter of minutes before both he and Jamie Mackie emerged from the bench to replace Morrison and Miller, neither of whom had enjoyed the best of afternoons.

The substitutes were not afforded the chance to trouble Stojkovic, though Forrest, who had earlier replaced Snodgrass, did.

However, he scuffed his injury-time shot straight into the arms of the keeper, moments after McGregor had done brilliantly to prevent Tadic from grabbing a winner for Serbia.

Neither side can complain at the result, though surely the visitors will be happier with the point.

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Scotland

  • 01 McGregor
  • 02 Hutton
  • 03 Dixon
  • 04 Berra
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 08 Webster
  • 06 Adam
  • 07 Morrison (Mackie - 81' )
  • 09 Miller (Rhodes - 81' )
  • 10 Snodgrass Booked (Forrest - 69' )
  • 11 Naismith

Substitutes

  • 12 Gilks
  • 12 Marshall
  • 13 G Hanley
  • 22 Foster
  • 16 Maloney
  • 17 Forrest
  • 18 Cowie
  • 19 Dorrans
  • 23 M Phillips
  • 14 Rhodes
  • 15 Mackie
  • 20 McCormack

Serbia

  • 01 Stojkovic
  • 04 Bisevac Booked
  • 05 Mattija Nastasic Booked
  • 06 Ivanovic
  • 11 Kolarov
  • 07 Tosic
  • 16 Mijailovic (Fejsa - 45' )
  • 17 Ignjovski
  • 18 Ninkovic Booked
  • 19 Djuricic (Lekic - 83' )
  • 22 Lazovic (Tadic - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Kahriman
  • 23 Brkic
  • 00 Lukovic
  • 02 Tomovic
  • 13 Maksimovic
  • 20 Subotic
  • 03 Fejsa
  • 08 Petrovic
  • 10 Tadic
  • 14 Matic
  • 15 Lekic
  • 21 Markovic
Ref: Eriksson
Att: 47,369

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

5 4

Corners

12 5

Fouls

12 20

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:00 Booking

Booking Milan Bisevac (Serbia) booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:59

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

90:00 +1:28

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) to far post, header by Christophe Berra (Scotland) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

90:00 +1:12

Shot by James Forrest (Scotland) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

90:00 +0:53

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

90:00 +0:01

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Dusan Tadic (Serbia) to centre, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Scotland).

89:41

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Dusan Tadic (Serbia) to far post, clearance by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

89:27

Shot by Dusan Tadic (Serbia) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

88:09

Foul by Dejan Lekic (Serbia) on Gary Caldwell (Scotland). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Dixon (Scotland) from own half, resulting in open play.

88:02

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

87:27

Foul by Charlie Adam (Scotland) on Zoran Tosic (Serbia). Free kick taken left-footed by Ljubomir Fejsa (Serbia) from left channel, passed.

86:54

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

86:39

Cross by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia), blocked by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

85:18

Foul by Ljubomir Fejsa (Serbia) on Jamie Mackie (Scotland). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Dixon (Scotland) from own half, passed.

84:05

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) on Jamie Mackie (Scotland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from right wing, clearance by Ljubomir Fejsa (Serbia).

83:41

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

83:20

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

82:49 Substitution

Substitution Serbia substitution: Filip Djuricic replaced by Dejan Lekic (tactical).

81:24

Foul by Steven Naismith (Scotland) on Zoran Tosic (Serbia). Free kick taken right-footed by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) from own half, passed.

81:06

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

81:01

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Scotland substitution: Kenny Miller replaced by Jordan Rhodes (tactical).

80:31 Substitution

Substitution Scotland substitution: James Morrison replaced by Jamie Mackie (tactical).

80:15

Shot by Filip Djuricic (Serbia) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.

79:34

Foul by James Morrison (Scotland) on Filip Djuricic (Serbia). Free kick taken right-footed by Zoran Tosic (Serbia) from right wing, passed.

78:52

Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) from own half, resulting in open play.

78:52 Booking

Booking Milos Ninkovic (Serbia) booked for unsporting behaviour.

78:39

Foul by Milos Ninkovic (Serbia) on Gary Caldwell (Scotland).

78:18

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

77:44

Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

76:31

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

75:29

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) on Alan Hutton (Scotland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from right wing, resulting in open play.

74:29

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

74:12

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Zoran Tosic (Serbia).

71:39

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

70:49

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Zoran Tosic (Serbia).

69:28

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

69:21

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

68:54

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

68:16 Substitution

Substitution Scotland substitution: Robert Snodgrass replaced by James Forrest (tactical).

68:01

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

66:54

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Serbia) on Alan Hutton (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Webster (Scotland) from own half, passed.

66:30

Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

66:19

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

66:10

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

65:32

Shot by Steven Naismith (Scotland) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

64:55

Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

64:02

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) on Steven Naismith (Scotland). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from left wing, passed.

62:18

Foul by Paul Dixon (Scotland) on Milos Ninkovic (Serbia). Free kick taken right-footed by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) from own half, passed.

61:53

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

61:36

Shot by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

61:06

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

60:24

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

59:53

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) to far post, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

59:31

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

59:07

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

58:33

Kenny Miller (Scotland) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia) from own half, resulting in open play.

58:13

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

58:07

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

57:44 Substitution

Substitution Serbia substitution: Darko Lazovic replaced by Dusan Tadic (tactical).

57:24

Shot by Kenny Miller (Scotland) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (blocked) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

57:12

Cross by James Morrison (Scotland), clearance by Matija Nastasic (Serbia).

56:37

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) to far post, resulting in open play.

55:31

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

55:05

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

54:49

Shot by Aleksandar Ignjovski (Serbia) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.

54:29

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

53:54

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

53:16

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Serbia) on Christophe Berra (Scotland). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Dixon (Scotland) from own half, resulting in open play.

52:52

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

52:42

Cross by James Morrison (Scotland), resulting in ball out of play.

52:09

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Serbia) on Christophe Berra (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Allan McGregor (Scotland) from own half, resulting in open play.

51:49

Kenny Miller (Scotland) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) from own half, resulting in open play.

51:19

Goal kick taken short by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

50:30

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) to far post, header by Christophe Berra (Scotland) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

49:35

Handball by Alan Hutton (Scotland). Free kick crossed right-footed by Darko Lazovic (Serbia) from left by-line, resulting in open play.

49:01

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

48:36

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) on Christophe Berra (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Allan McGregor (Scotland) from own half, resulting in open play.

48:02

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Darko Lazovic (Serbia) to near post, clearance by Andy Webster (Scotland).

47:29

Foul by Kenny Miller (Scotland) on Milan Bisevac (Serbia). Free kick taken right-footed by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) from own half, passed.

46:51

Free kick taken left-footed by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) from own half, resulting in open play.

46:51 Booking

Booking Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) booked for unsporting behaviour.

46:45

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) on Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

46:27

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

46:07

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

45:52

Shot by Zoran Tosic (Serbia) drilled left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

45:20

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:21

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

45:00 +0:02

Shot by Charlie Adam (Scotland) lobbed left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Serbia substitution: Srdan Mijailovic replaced by Ljubomir Fejsa (tactical).

44:30

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

44:10

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

43:58

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

43:42

Shot by Darko Lazovic (Serbia) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

42:45

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

42:15

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) on Kenny Miller (Scotland). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from right wing, resulting in open play.

41:46

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

39:13

Foul by Alan Hutton (Scotland) on Milos Ninkovic (Serbia). Free kick taken left-footed by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) from left wing, passed.

38:46

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

37:46

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

37:12

Foul by Darko Lazovic (Serbia) on Alan Hutton (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Allan McGregor (Scotland) from own half, passed.

36:52

Shot by Aleksandar Ignjovski (Serbia) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), blocked by Christophe Berra (Scotland).

36:35

Attacking throw-in by Zoran Tosic (Serbia).

36:13

Foul by Charlie Adam (Scotland) on Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia). Free kick taken right-footed by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia) from own half, passed.

35:19

Foul by Milan Bisevac (Serbia) on Kenny Miller (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) from left channel, passed.

35:12

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

34:28

Kenny Miller (Scotland) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) from own half, passed.

32:07

Foul by Kenny Miller (Scotland) on Matija Nastasic (Serbia). Free kick taken left-footed by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) from left channel, passed.

31:16

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

30:55

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

29:33

Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from right wing, save (caught) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

29:33 Booking

Booking Matija Nastasic (Serbia) booked for unsporting behaviour.

29:23

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) on Alan Hutton (Scotland).

28:59

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

28:41

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

28:12

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

28:08

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

27:00

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

25:35

Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

25:15

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

24:58

Shot by Milan Bisevac (Serbia) drilled right-footed from right channel (35 yards), over the bar.

24:03

Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

23:30

Darko Lazovic (Serbia) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Allan McGregor (Scotland) from own half, resulting in open play.

22:58

Goal kick taken short by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

22:38

Cross by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland), header by Steven Naismith (Scotland) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.

22:27

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Scotland).

22:18

Cross by James Morrison (Scotland), clearance by Matija Nastasic (Serbia).

21:56

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland).

21:48

Shot by Robert Snodgrass (Scotland) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (blocked) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

21:32

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) on Robert Snodgrass (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) from right channel, passed.

20:29

Shot by James Morrison (Scotland) volleyed right-footed from left channel (30 yards), blocked by Zoran Tosic (Serbia).

20:11

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland).

18:43

Foul by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) on Aleksandar Ignjovski (Serbia). Free kick taken left-footed by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) from own half, passed.

18:12

Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

16:56

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

16:25

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

15:10

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Serbia) on Alan Hutton (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) from own half, passed.

14:21

Goal kick taken long by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

13:52

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by James Morrison (Scotland).

13:14

Foul by Aleksandar Ignjovski (Serbia) on Robert Snodgrass (Scotland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from left by-line, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

12:57

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland).

12:41

Cross by Paul Dixon (Scotland), clearance by Milan Bisevac (Serbia).

11:40

Defending throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

11:06

Goal kick taken long by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

10:24

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) to near post, resulting in open play.

9:32

Foul by Srdan Mijailovic (Serbia) on James Morrison (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) from own half, passed.

8:48

Defending throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

8:17

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) to far post, save (caught) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

7:30

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Serbia) on Robert Snodgrass (Scotland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) from right wing, clearance by Srdan Mijailovic (Serbia).

5:45

Foul by Christophe Berra (Scotland) on Filip Djuricic (Serbia). Free kick curled left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) from left channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Allan McGregor (Scotland).

5:18

Foul by Gary Caldwell (Scotland) on Milos Ninkovic (Serbia). Free kick taken right-footed by Milan Bisevac (Serbia) from own half, passed.

4:41

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Scotland) to centre, save (caught) by Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia).

4:24

Defending throw-in by Paul Dixon (Scotland).

3:43

Attacking throw-in by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia).

2:52

Foul by Milos Ninkovic (Serbia) on James Morrison (Scotland). Free kick taken right-footed by James Morrison (Scotland) from left wing, passed.

1:30

Attacking throw-in by Alan Hutton (Scotland).

1:00

Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia).

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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