Serbia hold Scotland to goalless draw
No goals were scored at Hampden despite numerous chances being created by both sides
Scotland are already playing catch-up in their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign after drawing 0-0 against Serbia in their opening Group A game at Hampden.
The home side certainly had their chances in a wide-open encounter but Scotland keeper Allan McGregor had to make vital saves.
With Group A favourites Belgium seeing off Wales 2-0 in Cardiff and Croatia beating Macedonia 1-0 in Zagreb on Friday night, three points at home to Macedonia on Tuesday night are surely a must if Craig Levein's side are to reach Brazil in two years' time.
There could be no faulting the effort of the Scotland side who had Huddersfield left-back Paul Dixon making his debut in the absence of the injured Danny Fox. Gary Caldwell captained the side in his 50th appearance.
There were several familiar names in the Serbia side including captain and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, while the English champions' new £12million signing, Matija Nastasic, also played.
The first real piece of action came in the eighth minute when McGregor made a fine save down at his right-hand post from Kolarov's 25-yard free-kick. Scotland soon began to exert some pressure and in the 23rd minute Robert Snodgrass raced on to Charlie Adam's free-kick before forcing Vladimir Stojkovic in to a decent save.
There was then little in the way of penalty box action at either end until four minutes from the break when Adam capitalised on some slack Serbian defending to send Kenny Miller through but he screwed his attempted cross just over the bar.
In the 51st minute another Scottish half-chance went begging when defender Christophe Berra headed a Snodgrass corner from the right wide of the target. Serbia midfielder Aleksandar Ignjovski then flashed a right-footed drive from 25 yards past McGregor's left-hand post before Kolarov's low drive sped past the far post by inches.
Four minutes later the home side created and missed their best chance of the game. With the Serbia defence far too square, Caldwell sent Steven Naismith through with a perfectly weighted pass but the Everton striker's shot from 10 yards beat Stojkovic but bounced past the post.
In the 80th minute, in a double substitution, Jamie Mackie replaced James Morrison and Jordan Rhodes replaced Miller, to a huge cheer. The final stages were fraught with McGregor making a crucial save from Serbia substitute Dusan Tadic, before Stojkovic blocked substitute James Forrest's angled drive at the other end.
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I blame the SFA, they employ a manager who couldn`t cut it at club level, how in the name of Donald Duck do they expect him to succeed at international level. Just for talking sake, Serbia are probably the same level as Scotland are, but the Serbs are on the way up. This is a sample of how bad Scottish football has become, the deterioration started with Roxburgh and Brown and has been on a slippery slope ever since.
Typical Levein. Negative tactics with only a pensioner up front for too long on his own.
Rhodes should have started, Hutton shouldnt have, and well done to Macgregor for keeping us in the game.
Better improve and attack on Tuesday. Please attack Mr Levein, and give us something to be proud of again.
Bob, it is your very post of how you, the Scots, revert so quickly every time to have a knock at England any and every time any topic come up. Regardless of any merit or virtue.
As a nation you have great tenacity, and strong traditions. Yet feel the need to bad mouth the English every chance. An inferiority complex.
Indeed the Scots even sing a load of untruths at tournaments, and call a weed a flower. So you are open to correction, ribbing non stop.... But mainly it the Scots incessant bemoaning England instead of getting on with it and having a go.
As for the W.C. win in 1966 that has been a root of jealousy ever since.
But of course Scotland, even with those great squads of 1978 and 82 receptively, you were unable to achieve. Most because you plays as individuals as to a team. A great nation of individuals.... never a team oriented nation.
Bob, even that so called fight for indepence is a laugh as most Scots want to stay as they are.
Let's be honest and not kid ourselves, England will not get in the Quarter finals as they will play defence football like always, The only way to win a World Cup is with young fast attaking players with lot's of willingness to win. Englands efforts in the European's was a joke so how do they think they could ever win a World Cup again. And if we are all honest the 66 World Cup title was a bad decision.
Scotland's last game was also not impressive and after all what ranking is Serbia.
Even Brazil have not shown great football over the past few years. The problem with football these days is that players are over paid and the game is full of bad managers and directors who know nothing about team spirit.
Never watch the sweatys but shouldnt headlines be Sweatys grab amazing home point without conceeding ????