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Consolation win for Serbo-Montenegrins

Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 20.51CET
Wales 2-3 Serbia and Montenegro Visitors gain victory as Wales settle for play-offs.

Match statistics

WalesSerbia and Montenegro

Goals scored2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 20.51CET

Consolation win for Serbo-Montenegrins

Wales 2-3 Serbia and Montenegro Visitors gain victory as Wales settle for play-offs.

Serbia and Montenegro ended their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign on a high, as Wales's final hopes of gaining an automatic place in Portugal and avoiding the play-offs ended.

Wales in play-offs
Italy's 4-0 win against Azerbaijan meant that Mark Hughes's side could not overhaul the Group 9 leaders in any case, but Wales's 2-1 victory against the eventual first-placed team early in the campaign was enough to ensure they pipped tonight's victors by a point to Monday's play-off draw.

Unbeaten run ends
The home team had made a number of changes to the team held 1-1 by Finland here last month, with left-back Darren Barnard, fellow defenders Danny Gabbidon and Mark Delaney, midfield player Carl Robinson and striker Craig Bellamy all in the starting lineup and began the game defending an unbeaten run in the Millennium Stadium going back to June 2001.

First-half goals
However, they have now gone five games without a victory having fallen behind on three minutes to a Zvonimir Vukic free-kick. John Hartson shot Wales level 22 minutes later when Goran Gavrancic pulled him back in the box and the Celtic FC striker converted the resultant penalty himself.

Superb saves
The visitors added Goran Bunjevcevic, Dragan Sarac, Nenad Djordjevic and Branko Boskovic to the side that beat Wales 1-0 in August, but it was goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric who caught the eye, making a string of superb saves from Rhys Weston, Bellamy, Barnard and Gabbidon.

Victory clinched
Those blocks paid dividends eight minutes from time when Serbo-Montenegrin substitute Savo Milosevic received Vukic's superb pass and send a left-footed shot past Welsh goalkeeper Paul Jones to make it 2-1. Five minutes later, another substitute Danijel Ljuboja virtually clinched the away win with a powerful shot.

Late consolation
Robert Earnshaw headed in a well-worked corner in added time to pull one back for Wales, but they will want a more positive result in November against one of Croatia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Last updated: 12/10/03 0.42CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

1
Paul JonesPaul Jones (GK)
1
JevrićDragoslav Jevrić (GK)
2
DelaneyMark Delaney
2
ĆirkovićMilivoje Ćirković
Substitution75
3
SpeedGary Speed (C)
3
ŠaracDragan Šarac
4
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
4
MladenovićDragan Mladenović
5
WestonRhys Weston
Yellow Card48
Substitution73
5
BunjevčevićGoran Bunjevčević
Yellow Card25
6
RobinsonCarl Robinson
Substitution89
6
GavrančićGoran Gavrančić
7
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
Goal90+2
8
KežmanMateja Kežman
Yellow Card36
Substitution54
8
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Yellow Card60
10
VukićZvonimir Vukić
Goal4
9
HartsonJohn Hartson
Goal25
Substitution86
11
BoškovićBranko Bošković
10
BarnardDarren Barnard
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
Yellow Card37
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
18
KovačevićDarko Kovačević (C)
Yellow Card79
Substitution79

Substitutes

21
CrossleyMark Crossley (GK)
12
JilićDragan Jilić (GK)
15
EdwardsRobert Edwards
Substitution73
9
MiloševićSavo Milošević
Substitution54
Goal82
16
OsterJohn Oster
Substitution89
13
N. BrnovićNenad Brnović
Substitution75
18
BlakeNathan Blake
Substitution86
17
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution79
Goal87
12
MelvilleAndy Melville
7
VaskovicBoris Vaskovic
14
WilliamsAdrian Williams
15
MarkovićSlobodan Marković
17
PembridgeMark Pembridge
16
DudićMilan Dudić

Coach

Mark Hughes (WAL) Ilja Petkovic (SRB)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Wojciech Gorgon (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Wolfgang Sowa (AUT)

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