Wales ready for crunch battle without Bale, says Coleman

Wales are 6/5 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with Sky Bet following a 1-1 draw with Serbia on Sunday.

Vladimir Stojkovic, the Serbia goalkeeper, made a pig's ear of dealing with Ben Davies's long ball and ended up bringing down Ramsey just outside the area when he realised that he was unable to shepherd the ball out of play.

Named after Czechoslovakia's Antonin Panenka, who scored the victor in a shoot-out against West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final, the original actually came at the same Belgrade ground where Ramsey displayed incredible composure 41 years on.

"We've tried to use all the positives of last summer and I hope we'll be able to do that throughout our careers", said Allen.

"It's identical. It's what we thought as soon as he did it". 'I think this team is fantastic.

You can't say that wasn't coming. It's not the first time he's run a game for us. "His input was enormous".

Wales have not reached a World Cup since 1958 and they remain four points behind their opponents at the Group D summit after goals from Aaron Ramsey and Mitrovic.

The resulting free kick was floated into the box and Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic completed a comedy of errors when he pulled back Sam Vokes, leaving Ramsey to beat Stojkovic with a dinked penalty in the 35th minute amid a chorus of jeers.

But Aleksandar Mitrovic, just as he had in Cardiff, proved Serbia's saviour with a 73rd minute equaliser as the teams drew for the second time in seven months.

Robbie Savage, who played alongside Coleman for Wales, feels this match could be the pivotal moment of the qualifying campaign and could define the next two years for the country.

"I felt at the end we were looking to win it, we had two or three breakaways where it could have been different".

Adding to Coleman's pressure was Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor's absence through suspension, though the manager was typically bullish in the lead-up to the game: "We are four points behind going to Serbia and we haven't got our best player, what can happen here?" "But I've had to mention it [now] because people think: 'If we don't get the right result or performance, what's my future?' But there's another 12 points after that and if it's second place that we're chasing, but it's doable, then I've got to absolutely go for that with everything that I've got".

"We knew it would be a tough match and that Wales would be a hard proposition even without Bale", said Serbia coach Slavoljub Muslin. Anything less probably leaves them with too much to do.

"There is disappointment with the draw, but we kept first place in the group thanks to the draw between Ireland and Austria".

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