5 things learned from Wales' draw with Serbia

Wales host Serbia in a crunch World Cup 2018 qualifier on Saturday, November 12, with the European Champions' semi-finalists now in third spot, with Serbia sitting pretty on top.

And, if those standings are anything to go by, they'll be favourites to progress to the World Cup in Russian Federation from their group of six with Austria, ranked 30th on the globe, their closest rivals. "We have to win now", said the Everton defender.

"I think we have done that, we've just got to come back now and focus on the game in March".

"It is not all doom and gloom".

Despite a deflating draw at home to Serbia - their third stalemate in a row - Wales can qualify for the World Cup, says Gareth Bale.

It's led to some speculation over his future, with rumours that the 25-year-old may grow frustrated and seek new pastures.

"No one is running away with it, but with Ireland winning [in Austria], we need to get a result over there", Taylor said.

"It's important that we go in to every game mentally right because there are some tough teams out there, none more than Serbia".

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At best, Mitrovic could find himself three points clear at the top if both Serbia and Austria get victories, whilst alternatively, wins for Ireland and Wales would see Serbia only third - three points behind the Irish and one behind the Welsh.

"With five months before the next one we don't want to be looking back with any regrets".

Coleman can not afford to play this formation in Ireland as they will be punished. "At home we were confident, we were 1-0 up in the 85th minute, it's two points lost". It was a bitter blow at the end but we looked really good going forward.

"We have to play [Republic of] Ireland twice".

Matić did have a couple decent attacking forays in what was a rather decent display on the global stage, including a rasping shot that was unfortunately straight at Wayne Hennessey in the Welsh goal. The biggest concern is the gap between them and the other teams above.

Owain Tudur Jones is part of the presentation team as S4C's Sgorio show extended highlights of Wales v Serbia at 10.30pm on Saturday night.

The second period didn't have the same intensity, with half-chances from Bale, but it was Mitrovic's 86th minute header that saw the spoils shared at the Cardiff City Stadium. "We looked after their strengths very well - they are a good team". Eventually, Gareth Bale made it 1-0 for Wales after the ever ready Hal Robson-Kanu forced the visiting team's Matija Nastasic into a mistake.

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