Wales were humiliated in Serbia as they slipped to their heaviest defeat since 1996 and suffered a huge setback in their bid to reach the 2014 World Cup.

Poor defending allowed Aleksandar Kolarov and Zoran Tosic to put the Eagles 2-0 up before Gareth Bale's superb free-kick got Wales back in it.

But more sloppy play allowed Filip Djuricic to fire past Boaz Myhill, with Dusan Tadic striking a fourth.

Branislav Ivanovic and Miralem Sulejmani completed the rout.

The thumping defeat by a Serbia side that had scored only three goals in their previous nine games leaves Wales without a point from their opening two qualifiers, following Friday's opening 2-0 home loss to Belgium.

Analysis

"I'm not quite sure if the system we've got actually suits the players that we've got at the moment.

"Aaron Ramsey to me is a miss at the moment. He's not playing well and it's very difficult to leave your captain out, isn't it, when you've made him captain of your national side?

"He might need to be left out, to get that confidence back and be a better player than he is at the moment - because at the moment we're not getting anything from him."

After that result, manager Chris Coleman admitted that Wales' recent form was "weighing on his mind", while also expressing confidence that his side could reach a first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

But any confidence that existed will now be in tatters after this thrashing in Vojvodina by Serbia, who were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in their opener.

The Eagles were only three places above Wales in the Fifa world rankings going into the encounter, underlining the perception of a Group A which few observers viewed as a forgone conclusion before qualifying began.

However, while Wales waited on the fitness of midfielder Joe Allen following the illness that ruled him out of the Belgium game, Coleman also had to wrestle with injuries and Craig Bellamy's unavailability.

Coleman may have seen some positives in the opening exchanges but Allen soon gave the hosts a free-kick on the edge of Wales' penalty area and Darcy Blake threatened an own goal as he sliced an attempted clearance.

That boosted the confidence of Sinisa Mihajlovic's Serbia side and when Kolarov lined up a free-kick on the edge of the area, the goal that followed was a belter.

The Manchester City defender scooped the ball over the Welsh wall and into the back of the net for his first international goal.

Having contributed to the hosts' goal with their indiscipline, Wales then failed to deal with Kolarov's run into the penalty area.

Even when confronted by the byline and having stumbled following four failed attempts to halt his progress, Kolarov was able to bring the ball back to Tosic, who tapped it home from close range.

Bale gave Wales hope following a rare first-half incursion at the other end, his free-kick powering into the back of the net from 30 yards with home goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic rooted to his line.

But the visitors' frailty at the back was exposed again as the ball reached Djuricic, who put it into the roof of the net.

That left Wales trailing 3-1 at the break and worse was to follow.

Coleman sent on David Vaughan for David Edwards and Sam Ricketts for Adam Matthews.

Vaughan's first act was to give away a free-kick on the edge of Wales' penalty area, but although they survived on this occasion Bale then lost control and a rapid Serbia attack ended with Ivanovic sliding the ball across to give Tadic a simple finish.

Wales were again culpable for the fifth - Blake being dispossessed for home skipper Ivanovic to finish into the bottom corner.

When substitute Sulejmani rounded off the scoring with a deflected strike that looped in over Myhill, it completed Wales' worst defeat since a 7-1 loss to the Netherlands.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Serbia

  • 01 Stojkovic
  • 04 Bisevac
  • 05 Mattija Nastasic
  • 06 Ivanovic
  • 11 Kolarov
  • 03 Fejsa
  • 07 Tosic (Sulejmani - 71' )
  • 10 Tadic
  • 17 Ignjovski (Mijailovic - 85' )
  • 19 Djuricic (Lekic - 81' )
  • 21 Markovic

Substitutes

  • 12 Kahriman
  • 23 Brkic
  • 02 Tomovic
  • 13 Maksimovic
  • 20 Subotic
  • 08 Petrovic
  • 14 Matic
  • 16 Mijailovic
  • 18 Ninkovic
  • 22 Lazovic
  • 09 Sulejmani
  • 15 Lekic

Wales

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Gunter
  • 03 Matthews (Ricketts - 45' )
  • 06 Williams
  • 11 Bale
  • 04 Edwards (Vaughan - 45' )
  • 05 Blake Booked
  • 07 Allen (King - 72' )
  • 10 Ramsey Booked
  • 08 Church
  • 09 Morison

Substitutes

  • 12 Brown
  • 21 Price
  • 13 Davies
  • 14 Ricketts
  • 15 Richards
  • 16 Vaughan
  • 17 King
  • 20 Williams
  • 22 Robson-Kanu
  • 18 Earnshaw
  • 19 Vokes
Ref: Gomes
Att: 11,300

Match Stats

Shots

22 5

On target

19 2

Corners

9 6

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:14 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +0:29

Aaron Ramsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ljubomir Fejsa. Vladimir Stojkovic restarts play with the free kick.

89:00

Lazar Markovic provided the assist for the goal.

89:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Miralem Sulejmani - Serbia 6 - 1 Wales Miralem Sulejmani finds the net with a brilliant goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Serbia 6-1 Wales.

85:24

Aleksandar Kolarov challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.

84:15 Substitution

Substitution (Serbia) makes a substitution, with Srdan Mijailovic coming on for Aleksandar Ignjovski.

84:15

Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot from 30 yards. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

83:02

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Ramsey from the right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

80:55

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Ramsey from the right by-line, Shot from deep inside the area by Ashley Williams clears the crossbar.

80:28 Substitution

Substitution Filip Djuricic leaves the field to be replaced by Dejan Lekic.

79:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Branislav Ivanovic - Serbia 5 - 1 Wales Branislav Ivanovic scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Serbia 5-1 Wales.

78:48

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line.

77:49

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov.

77:49 Booking

Booking Aaron Ramsey is cautioned.

77:18

Aaron Ramsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Ignjovski.

77:01

Drilled right-footed shot by Lazar Markovic. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

76:10

Chris Gunter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lazar Markovic. Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Joe Allen leaves the field to be replaced by Andy King.

70:15 Substitution

Substitution Miralem Sulejmani on for Zoran Tosic.

66:54

Zoran Tosic takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts.

64:19

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Milan Bisevac. Corner taken by Aaron Ramsey from the left by-line.

61:23

Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.

61:23 Booking

Booking Darcy Blake booked.

60:51

Darcy Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Filip Djuricic.

59:18

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Blocked by David Vaughan. Corner taken by Zoran Tosic.

54:15

The assist for the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic.

54:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Dusan Tadic - Serbia 4 - 1 Wales Dusan Tadic fires in a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Serbia 4-1 Wales.

53:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lazar Markovic on Chris Gunter. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

52:35

Outswinging corner taken by Zoran Tosic from the left by-line played to the near post.

52:05

Shot from 20 yards by Dusan Tadic. Ashley Williams gets a block in.

49:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Zoran Tosic. Dusan Tadic takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts.

49:04

Filip Djuricic takes a shot. Blocked by Darcy Blake.

46:34

David Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Lazar Markovic. Aleksandar Kolarov produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Effort from outside the penalty area by Aleksandar Kolarov goes wide left of the goal.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:52

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Ramsey.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution (Wales) makes a substitution, with Samuel Ricketts coming on for Adam Matthews.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution David Vaughan is brought on as a substitute for David Edwards.

44:57

Effort from inside the area by Dusan Tadic misses to the right of the target.

41:48

Corner taken left-footed by Zoran Tosic, save made by Boaz Myhill.

38:28

Assist by Dusan Tadic.

38:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Filip Djuricic - Serbia 3 - 1 Wales A goal is scored by Filip Djuricic from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Serbia 3-1 Wales.

37:28

Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoran Tosic. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

36:22

Dusan Tadic produces a cross, David Edwards makes a clearance.

33:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Dusan Tadic. Free kick taken by Zoran Tosic.

30:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Bale - Serbia 2 - 1 Wales Gareth Bale grabs a fantastic goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Serbia 2-1 Wales.

29:42

Milan Bisevac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale.

26:55

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Zoran Tosic, Branislav Ivanovic challenges Chris Gunter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

26:24

Zoran Tosic takes the outswinging corner, Dusan Tadic takes a shot. Darcy Blake gets a block in.

25:44

Outswinging corner taken by Zoran Tosic from the left by-line, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Darcy Blake.

23:19

The assist for the goal came from Aleksandar Kolarov.

23:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Zoran Tosic - Serbia 2 - 0 Wales Zoran Tosic finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Serbia 2-0 Wales.

23:10

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.

21:35

The ball is crossed by Dusan Tadic.

19:09

Corner taken short by Aaron Ramsey.

17:23

Shot from outside the area by Aleksandar Ignjovski misses to the left of the goal.

15:06

Branislav Ivanovic provided the assist for the goal.

15:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Aleksandar Kolarov - Serbia 1 - 0 Wales Aleksandar Kolarov hits the back of the net with a brilliant goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Serbia 1-0 Wales.

14:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Simon Church.

11:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Zoran Tosic from the right by-line, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

10:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Allen on Lazar Markovic. The ball is sent over by Zoran Tosic, Matija Nastasic takes a shot. David Edwards gets a block in.

8:22

Inswinging corner taken by Zoran Tosic from the right by-line, Filip Djuricic challenges Darcy Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

6:14

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Ramsey, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Ashley Williams goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

3:46

Shot by Chris Gunter from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

3:07

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Dusan Tadic results in a free kick. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

1:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Steve Morison. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the direct free kick.

1:14

Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Direct free kick taken by Darcy Blake.

0:18

Foul by Zoran Tosic on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded. Darcy Blake takes the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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