Scotland's World Cup qualifying hopes ended with defeat to a Serbian side who were better throughout.

The Scots defended well in the goal-less first half but, as they began to show more initiative, were hit by two sucker punches.

Both came from close-range finishes by Filip Duricic, the second in particular coming from quite dreadful defending.

The result means Scotland, for the first time, have gone seven qualifying matches without a win.

Fifa 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A

Played Won Points

Belgium

6

5

16

Croatia

6

5

16

Serbia

6

2

7

Wales

6

2

6

Macedonia

6

1

4

Scotland

6

0

2

And with Belgium beating Macedonia 1-0 and Croatia coming from behind to defeat Wales 2-1 Scotland now cannot qualify for the finals in Brazil.

Those two winning teams are now on 16 points in Group A, while Gordon Strachan's side are on two points with 12 more available from the remaining ties.

Indeed, Scotland are in real danger of failing to record a victory in the entire campaign, with two matches against Croatia, one away to Macedonia and one at home to Belgium to come.

A number of the travelling fans had helped clear snow from the pitch beforehand, to ensure the game went ahead, but as it kicked off they might have quickly been wishing they had not bothered.

The Scots, much as they had against Wales, started nervously and were under immediate pressure as Dusan Tadic charged into the box, only for the visitors to get back in numbers to block.

Liam Bridcutt looked to settle very quickly into the international football arena, showing good composure and positional nous as his teammates began to play themselves into the game.

Interview - Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

David Marshall saved well down low to his left to keep out the first Serbian effort on target from Dusan Basta and then again from Duricic, who had escaped the attentions of Grant Hanley.

The Blackburn defender, who had been found wanting defensively against Wales, did make a couple of terrific interventions to deny Basta and then Branislav Ivanovic goalscoring opportunities, with Scotland only able to make sporadic bursts into home territory.

By and large, though, the Scots were defending solidly, on occasions putting bodies on the line to keep out the technically superior Serbians.

Having battled to half-time with their resolve intact, Scotland created an early second-half chance, principally through great desire shown by Charlie Adam and when the ball broke to Steven Naismith, he curled it beautifully past Vladimir Stojkovic, only for his celebrations to be brought to an immediate halt by the assistant referee's offside flag.

With Scotland showing a good deal more attacking intent, they were presented with another tremendous opportunity as Jordan Rhodes picked up possession just outside the box, but his early shot was easily gathered by Stojkovic.

Interview - Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam and forward Steven Naismith

And just seconds later, Serbia were in front. There was an element of fortune about the goal, though arguably the Serbians had earned it, as Steven Whittaker's challenge inside his own penalty area simply carried the ball into the path of Duricic, who tapped into the net.

Ironically, Scotland were enjoying their best period in the game but soon found themselves two goals down.

This time, Alan Hutton seemed to be unaware of the presence of Nenad Tomovic as he awaited a pass from Gary Caldwell. The Serbian fullback nipped in, cut into the box, where the ball broke kindly for Duricic to once again score easily.

From that point onwards, the Serbians reassumed total control, giving Gordon Strachan much to reflect upon on the long journey home.

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Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:39 Substitution

Substitution (Serbia) makes a substitution, with Alen Stevanovic coming on for Zoran Tosic.

90:00 +1:35

Branislav Ivanovic produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +1:07

Unfair challenge on Luka Milivojevic by George Boyd results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Tomovic.

87:40

Filip Djuricic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.

86:14 Booking

Booking Caution for Vladimir Stojkovic.

84:31

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Whittaker from the right by-line, Effort from 12 yards by Steven Naismith. Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Ljubomir Fejsa leaves the field to be replaced by Radosav Petrovic.

81:29

Charlie Adam fouled by Matija Nastasic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam.

80:52

Filip Djuricic challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

78:57 Substitution

Substitution (Scotland) makes a substitution, with Kenny Miller coming on for Jordan Rhodes.

78:57 Substitution

Substitution Christopher Burke replaces Shaun Maloney.

77:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Filip Djordjevic by Steven Naismith. Neven Subotic restarts play with the free kick.

76:06

Nenad Tomovic takes the free kick.

76:06 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt booked for unsporting behaviour.

75:53

Liam Bridcutt challenges Filip Djuricic unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:24

Grant Hanley fouled by Filip Djuricic, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.

69:44

Filip Djordjevic takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Filip Djordjevic replaces Dusan Tadic.

64:28

Nenad Tomovic provided the assist for the goal.

64:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Filip Djuricic - Serbia 2 - 0 Scotland Filip Djuricic gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Serbia 2-0 Scotland.

64:05

A cross is delivered by George Boyd, clearance by Nenad Tomovic.

63:18

A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

62:16

The referee penalises Filip Djuricic for handball. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

60:58

Shot from just outside the box by Charlie Adam goes over the bar.

60:14

Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, blocked by Matija Nastasic.

60:14 Booking

Booking Matija Nastasic shown a yellow card.

60:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matija Nastasic on Charlie Adam.

58:51

The assist for the goal came from Ljubomir Fejsa.

58:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Filip Djuricic - Serbia 1 - 0 Scotland A goal is scored by Filip Djuricic from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Serbia 1-0 Scotland.

58:26

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vladimir Stojkovic.

57:49

Dusan Tadic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Boyd. George Boyd restarts play with the free kick.

54:33

Indirect free kick taken by Vladimir Stojkovic.

54:33 Booking

Booking Jordan Rhodes is shown a yellow card for dissent.

54:22

Jordan Rhodes is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

53:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Zoran Tosic. Matija Nastasic restarts play with the free kick.

52:59

Foul by Steven Naismith on Filip Djuricic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Filip Djuricic.

52:21

Ljubomir Fejsa takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.

51:27

Luka Milivojevic challenges George Boyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by George Boyd.

48:47

The referee blows for offside. Vladimir Stojkovic takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:21

Unfair challenge on Matija Nastasic by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Vladimir Stojkovic restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Adam is brought on as a substitute for James McArthur.

44:28

Shot from just outside the area by Nenad Tomovic goes over the bar.

43:47

A cross is delivered by Zoran Tosic, clearance by Gary Caldwell.

42:57

George Boyd challenges Matija Nastasic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Tadic.

38:18

Luka Milivojevic concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Whittaker.

37:09

The ball is crossed by Dusan Basta, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.

35:21

Foul by Liam Bridcutt on Luka Milivojevic, free kick awarded. Zoran Tosic takes the direct free kick, Centre by Ljubomir Fejsa.

34:52

Unfair challenge on Neven Subotic by James McArthur results in a free kick. Vladimir Stojkovic restarts play with the free kick.

34:21

Centre by Alan Hutton, clearance by Matija Nastasic.

33:37

George Boyd crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.

32:59

The ball is delivered by Shaun Maloney.

31:44

Filip Djuricic concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Hanley. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

29:55

The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton.

29:05

Foul by Dusan Basta on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

27:01

Zoran Tosic has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

26:40

Ljubomir Fejsa takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

24:54

Shaun Maloney crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Matija Nastasic makes a clearance.

24:54 Booking

Booking Zoran Tosic shown a yellow card.

24:48

Zoran Tosic concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Rhodes.

23:16

Ljubomir Fejsa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Boyd. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

21:04

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Neven Subotic.

19:23

Filip Djuricic takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.

17:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dusan Tadic by Steven Whittaker. Zoran Tosic restarts play with the free kick.

17:05

Dusan Basta takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.

12:27

The ball is delivered by Dusan Basta, Header by Branislav Ivanovic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

11:06

Zoran Tosic produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

8:20

Dusan Basta takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.

7:27

Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.

4:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Boyd by Nenad Tomovic. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.

2:39

Corner taken by Zoran Tosic from the right by-line, save by David Marshall.

1:58

Zoran Tosic takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

1:20

Foul by Filip Djuricic on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Steven Naismith takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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