Ireland earn late World Cup qualifying draw vs Serbia thanks to comical own goal

Ireland salvaged a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Tuesday night thanks to a comical late own goal from the visitors.

Stephen Kenny's men fell a goal behind after 20 minutes at the Aviva Stadium, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic heading home from Dusan Tadic's corner to break the deadlock.

Serbia came close to extending their lead on a number of occasions, only for teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu to keep Ireland in the contest.

And Bazunu's heroics proved pivotal in the end, as Milinkovic-Savic went from hero to zero by firing a clearance into his own net off Nikola Milenkovic with four minutes remaining.

The Serbs then came close to breaking Irish hearts when Nemanja Gudelji's long-range free-kick cannoned off the bar, but in the end the hosts held firm for a much-needed point.

While they are still without a win in their last 12 competitive matches, Ireland will be buoyed by their late revival against a side battling it out for top spot in Group A.

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It was only a week ago they were on the wrong end of some late drama when Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the last seven minutes to condemn them to a 2-1 defeat.

This time it was Ireland's turn to find a goal at the death, albeit in highly fortunate circumstances given the calamity involved.

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Serbia now trail group leaders Portugal by two points in the fight for World Cup qualification.

As for Ireland, they are second bottom of the group with a mere two points and no chance at all of reaching the major tournament next year.

There will still be some fans calling for Kenny's departure despite their spirited draw with Serbia.

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Ireland are without a competitive win in over two years, with their last coming 16 games ago against Gibraltar back in June 2019.

The only team they have beaten over the past 18 months is Andorra, thrashing the minnows 4-1 in a friendly outing.

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