Late Serbia own goal gives Republic of Ireland point

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Serbia’s late own goal cost them the chance to go level with Portugal on points at the top of the group

A late own goal gave the Republic of Ireland their best result under Stephen Kenny as they drew with Serbia in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s clever header from a Dusan Tadic corner put the Serbs ahead.

The Republic were then indebted to teenager Gavin Bazunu, who made 10 saves to keep the visitors at bay.

They snatched a point when Milinkovic-Savic’s 86th-minute clearance went in off Nikola Milenkovic.

The hosts then pressed for a late winner – in front of a raucous crowd – but Serbia almost won it when Nemanja Gudelj’s long-range free-kick hit the bar.

The Republic’s run of competitive games without a win under Kenny extended to 12 – but this felt like a success with the late drama and spirited comeback.

Serbia now trail Portugal by two points at the top of Group A in the battle for a World Cup spot, while Kenny’s side are second bottom with just two points.

It is more than two years and 16 matches since the Republic won a competitive game, following a June 2019 victory over Gibraltar.

More to follow.


R. of Ireland

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Bazunu
  • 22Omobamidele
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Egan
  • 2Doherty
  • 18McGrathSubstituted forHorganat 67′minutes
  • 6CullenSubstituted forMolumbyat 66′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forHourihaneat 78′minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 7BrowneBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 58′minutes
  • 9IdahBooked at 31minsSubstituted forCollinsat 79′minutes


  • 3Manning
  • 8Hourihane
  • 10Parrott
  • 12Robinson
  • 14Christie
  • 15Horgan
  • 16Kelleher
  • 17Molumby
  • 19Collins
  • 20Arter
  • 21Scales
  • 23Talbot


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 12Rajkovic
  • 4Milenkovic
  • 15Veljkovic
  • 2Pavlovic
  • 21DjuricicBooked at 25minsSubstituted forRadonjicat 70′minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 20Milinkovic-Savic
  • 8Gudelj
  • 17KosticSubstituted forLazovicat 87′minutes
  • 10TadicSubstituted forMaksimovicat 83′minutes
  • 18VlahovicSubstituted forJovicat 70′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic


  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 3Mladenovic
  • 5Ilic
  • 6Maksimovic
  • 7Radonjic
  • 11Jovic
  • 13Mitrovic
  • 14Racic
  • 16Lukic
  • 19Ristic
  • 22Lazovic
  • 23Svilar

José María Sánchez Martínez

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Serbia 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Republic of Ireland 1, Serbia 1.

  3. Predrag Rajkovic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

  5. Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

  6. Attempt blocked. John Egan (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross.

  7. Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Predrag Rajkovic.

  8. Attempt saved. Andrew Omobamidele (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jayson Molumby.

  9. Strahinja Pavlovic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland).

  11. Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Darko Lazovic.

  12. Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Nemanja Gudelj (Serbia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Foul by Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).

  15. Substitution, Serbia. Darko Lazovic replaces Filip Kostic.

  16. Own Goal by Nikola Milenkovic, Serbia. Republic of Ireland 1, Serbia 1.

  17. Attempt missed. John Egan (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a cross.

  18. Nemanja Radonjic (Serbia) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Offside, Serbia. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic tries a through ball, but Nemanja Radonjic is caught offside.

  20. Attempt saved. Filip Kostic (Serbia) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nemanja Radonjic.

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