Wales can handle Serbia without Real Madrid's Bale, says Allen

A brilliantly taken penalty by Aaron Ramsey gave Wales the lead, but Aleksandar Mitrovic, the man who had broken Welsh hearts with a goal five minutes from time in Cardiff in November, struck with his side's first shot on target in the 73rd minute to earn the draw that kept his side on top of the table.

Dozens of Wales football fans have reportedly donated blood to help a Serbian football fan injured during a fight.

Serbia are now at the helm of Group D on goal difference while Ireland are on second with 12 points from six matches.

It was Wales' fifth successive draw, but in the cold light of day manager Chris Coleman will consider this a job well done ahead of September qualifiers against Austria and Moldova.

Asked whether he thought Ramsey was deliberately trying to copy Panenka's penalty because it was the same venue, Coleman said: "Do you know what, I'm pretty sure that he probably hasn't even seen it".

"We really should have beaten Serbia at home as we did enough to win but they equalised straight after we'd hit the post", he said.

The Serbian national team, which with successful performances in its history was remembered only by entering the 2010 World Cup, often ends its campaign at the selection stage.

"It's a wonderful finish but I just wonder if the referee will book Aleksandar Mitrovic - it's about 90 seconds of celebrating".

The Wales midfielder put his country ahead in the first half at the Rajko Mitic Stadium, the same venue where Antonin Panenka beat German goalkeeper Sepp Maier at the 1976 European Championships.

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"I had no doubt Ramsey would score because he is playing with such confidence at the moment but I didn't see that coming".

"His input tonight was enormous".

"The noise the supporters here make is incredible".

The carnival atmosphere in France will feel a million miles away from the hostile surroundings of Belgrade's Rajko Mitic stadium. Some of us are new players but I think we're a million miles away from the team that turned out that night.

Player ratings - Wales: Wayne Hennessey 7/10, Chris Gunter 7, James Chester 7, Ashley Williams 6, Ben Davies 8, Jazz Richards 7, Joe Ledley 6, Joe Allen 8, Dave Edwards 6, Aaron Ramsey 8, Sam Vokes 7.

But not only was Ramsey's spot-kick at the same ground once known as the Red Star Stadium, it was actually taken at the same end.

Despite the initial disappointment after the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Austria, Sunday's results were favourable towards Martin O'Neill's side. This campaign when we've drawn it's been like a defeat because of what's happened between the Bosnia game and drawing in Austria.

"They can not afford to lose because if they do I think they'll have too much to do, they've got to get a result in Serbia against a very good side".

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