Sorry Wales hit for six
Tough night for Coleman's side as they go down to second defeat
Last Updated: September 11, 2012 9:45pm
Serbia players celebrate in front of Wales boss Chris Coleman
Wales slumped to a thumping 6-1 defeat to Serbia in their World Cup qualifier in Novi Sad.
Serbia piled the misery on Wales on a night to forget for Chris Coleman to leave them facing an uphill battle for qualification only after two games.
Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov gave Serbia the lead with a superb free-kick and former Manchester United man Zoran Tosic doubled the lead.
Gareth Bale gave Wales hope with a stunning free-kick, but Filip Duricic restored the two-goal cushion before half-time.
Things got worse for Wales in the second half with Dusan Tadic netting a fourth goal on 55 minutes after more poor defending.
Serbia captain Branislav Ivanovic got in on the act ten minutes from time with a shot from the edge of the box and Miralem Sulejmani completed the rout with a sixth a minute from time.
Chris Coleman had said there were positives to take from Friday's 2-0 defeat to Belgium but there were none on offer here.
The manager praised the defensive display last Friday but it was a string of errors at the back that did for the visitors this time round.
There had been early warning signs when Adam Matthews was in the right place keep out a free header from Matija Nastasic, before Darcy Blake came close to putting through his own net with a sliced clearance.
And it was no surprise when Wales fell behind after 15 minutes.
Chelsea's Ivanovic won a soft free-kick out of Simon Church on the right edge of the area and Kolarov, who had been critical of Wales in the build-up to the game, stepped up to curl a left-footed effort over the wall and beyond Boaz Myhill, who was slow to react to the strike.
The deficit doubled in the 24th minute, with Kolarov this time the creator amidst comedy defending.
The left-back looked to have been stopped by Ashley Williams but he slipped away from the centre-half and Chris Gunter to get away a shot from near the byline. Myhill blocked that effort but Tosic had the simple task of converting the follow-up.
It would have been worse for Wales had Gunter not blocked Tadic's goalbound effort, with the visitors looking vulnerable almost every time the hosts came forward.
Bale gave them a lifeline just after the half-hour mark as he picked himself up after being fouled by Milan Bisevac to thump home a superb swerving free-kick from almost 30 yards.
It was the first goal of Coleman's stint in charge but Wales' defensive frailties resurfaced to undermine their attempt at a recovery as Blake's awful defensive header allowed Tadic to play in Djuricic, who went round Matthews and fired high into Myhill's net.
Coleman withdrew Matthews, who had endured a torrid time up against Tadic and Tosic, and David Edwards for Sam Ricketts and David Vaughan at the break but it made little difference.
Tadic struck the fourth in the 55th minute, Ivanovic dispossessing Bale and beating Ricketts down the right before sliding the ball across to give Tadic a simple finish.
Wales were once again guilty of making problems for themselves when it came to the fifth goal.
Blake surrendered possession on the edge of his own area and home skipper Ivanovic capitalised to slide a right-footed effort into the bottom corner.
Substitute Sulejmani then rounded off the scoring as his deflected strike looped in over Myhill.
The goal made this Wales' worst result since the 7-1 loss to Holland under Bobby Gould in 1996, on the most miserable of nights for the visitors.
LIVE and exclusive on Sky Sports
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 11th Sep - Group E
Cyprus1 - 0Iceland
Norway2 - 1Slovenia
Switzerland2 - 0Albania
Tue 11th Sep - Group F
Israel0 - 4Russia
N Ireland1 - 1Luxembourg
Portugal3 - 0Azerbaijan
Tue 11th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 1Spain
France3 - 1Belarus
Tue 11th Sep - Group D
Romania4 - 0Andorra
Turkey3 - 0Estonia
Hungary1 - 4Netherlands
Tue 11th Sep - Group B
Bulgaria1 - 0Armenia
Italy2 - 0Malta
Tue 11th Sep - Group G
Bosnia4 - 1Latvia
Slovakia2 - 0Liechtenstein
Greece2 - 0Lithuania
Tue 11th Sep - Group A
Serbia6 - 1Wales
Belgium1 - 1Croatia
Scotland1 - 1Macedonia
Tue 11th Sep - Group H
San Marino0 - 6Montenegro
Poland2 - 0Moldova
England1 - 1Ukraine
Tue 11th Sep - Group C
Sweden2 - 0Kazakhstan
Austria1 - 2Germany
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
|4||Republic of Ireland||10||14|
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I