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Stadion Crvena Zvezda (ATT 35,000) 6th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: F Brych

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A Mitrovic (66)
N Matic (S/O 75)

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M Mandzukic (53)
J Simunic (S/O 80)

Neighbours Serbia and Croatia share spoils in 1-1 draw

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:54pm

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Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring in clash of the neighbours

Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring in clash of the neighbours

Goals by Mario Mandzukic and Aleksandar Mitrovic ensured the World Cup qualifier between Croatia and Serbia ended in a draw as both teams finished with 10 men in Belgrade.

In what was only the second meeting between the countries since they became independent nations, Mandzukic gave Croatia the lead in the 53rd minute of the Group A clash.

Mitrovic levelled 13 minutes later only for Serbia to be reduced to 10 men when Nemanja Matic was sent off for his second bookable offence following a foul on Ognjen Vukojevic.

However, Croatia held a man advantage for just five minutes with Josip Simunic given a straight red card for a challenge on Miralem Sulejmani.

The stalemate allowed Belgium - 2-0 winners over Scotland tonight - to move five points clear at the top of the group with two games remaining, meaning second-placed Croatia must beat the leaders when they meet next month if they are to take the battle for top spot to the wire.

Serbia have endured a miserable campaign but they almost took an early lead tonight with Mitrovic hitting the post with a shot from the the edge of the six-yard box.

It was all Serbia in the early stages - Mitrovic, Matic, Zoran Tosic and Branislav Ivanovic all firing in efforts.

It was not until the half-hour mark that Croatia showed, Mandzukic mis-heading Eduardo's cross, but the attacks were largely coming from the hosts with Filip Djuricic and Mitrovic unleashing attempts.

The second half started as the first ended, Neven Subotic's drilled shot from distance blocked by Ognjen Vukojevic.

Yet despite all of Serbia's dominance it was Croatia who took the lead.

Darijo Srna split the defence with a pass from his own half which Mandzukic slotted into the bottom right-hand corner.

But Croatia were on level terms 13 minutes later when Mitrovic headed home Sulejmani's cross.

Croatia's task of finding a morale-boosting winner was given a helping hand when Matic was given his marching orders. However, parity was restored just 10 minutes when Simunic was red-carded following his challenge on Sulejmani.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

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1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

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1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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