Wales thumped by Serbia

Wales have slipped to a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Serbia on Tuesday night.

The hosts looked markedly the better side in the World Cup qualifying fixture from the first whistle and stormed into a 2-0 lead through goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Zoran Tosic.

Gareth Bale gave the Celtic visitors hope with a sublime free-kick to make it 2-1, but Filip Duricic restored the Serbs’ two-goal cushion before the interval.

Three second-half goals from Dusan Tadic, Branislav Ivanovic and Miralem Sulejmani completed the rout.

Chris Coleman was massively disappointed by the result and admitted that the performance from his side was simply not good enough.

“Obviously I did not see it coming,” he told reporters, published in Sky Sports.

“We knew it would be difficult coming here but on the back of Friday’s performance against Belgium we thought we could get something but we can’t accept that level of performance.

“To say it is disappointing is an understatement. We have to do much better than that and we are capable of doing much better.

“At times it was men against boys, the goals we conceded were criminal really and the individual errors were disappointing.

“To lose 6-1 is an absolute hammering and we can’t ignore that, the manner of the performance was particularly disappointing.

“At this level you cannot gift teams goals, you have to at least be hard to beat and play with a bit of pride and we didn’t do that. We caved in,” he concluded.


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