World Cup qualifiers: Serbia thrash Macedonia 5-1 in final Group A clash
Last Updated: October 15, 2013 9:38pm
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Serbia found some late joy from their poor World Cup qualifying campaign by humbling neighbours Macedonia 5-1 in Group A.
A play-off place was already out of reach for Serbia given their failure to rein in Balkan rivals Croatia, with last year's defeat in Macedonia also proving critical.
They got their revenge as Dusan Basta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Dusan Tadic and Stefan Scepovic followed up Stefan Ristovski's early own-goal, before Adis Jahovic squeezed home a late consolation.
Ristovski inadvertently set Serbia on their way in the 17th minute when fumbling the ball past Tome Pacovski and two minutes later Basta clipped Kolarov's cross beyond the Macedonia goalkeeper.
In the 37th minute, Kolarov scored a penalty after Boban Grncarov fouled Branislav Ivanovic.
Basta turned provider after the break, Tadic converting his cross on 54 minutes to make it 4-0 and the Udinese winger picked out Stefan Scepovic's head for goal number five in the 73rd minute.
Jahovic pulled one back for Macedonia seven minutes from time but the basement boys were well beaten.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 15th Oct - Group E
Cyprus0 - 0Albania
Norway1 - 1Iceland
Switzerland1 - 0Slovenia
Tue 15th Oct - Group F
Azerbaijan1 - 1Russia
Israel1 - 1N Ireland
Portugal3 - 0Luxembourg
Tue 15th Oct - Group G
Greece2 - 0Liechtenstein
Lithuania0 - 1Bosnia
Latvia2 - 2Slovakia
Tue 15th Oct - Group D
Hungary2 - 0Andorra
Turkey0 - 2Netherlands
Romania2 - 0Estonia
Tue 15th Oct - Group B
Bulgaria0 - 1Czech Rep
Denmark6 - 0Malta
Italy2 - 2Armenia
Tue 15th Oct - Group A
Serbia5 - 1Macedonia
Scotland2 - 0Croatia
Belgium1 - 1Wales
Tue 15th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands0 - 3Austria
Rep Ireland3 - 1Kazakhstan
Sweden3 - 5Germany
Tue 15th Oct - Group H
San Marino0 - 8Ukraine
Montenegro2 - 5Moldova
England2 - 0Poland
Tue 15th Oct - Group I
France3 - 0Finland
Spain2 - 0Georgia
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