Tadić's Serbia confirm World Cup spot

By SFC Media Mon 09 Oct International
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Group D's climax proved to be as enthralling as billed, with Republic of Ireland leapfrogging their way to a play-off spot, while Serbia finished top of the pile.

With Group D finely poised before the evening's fixtures kicked off, it was Dušan Tadić's Serbia who emerged triumphant.

The midfielder played 90 minutes in Serbia's 1-0 victory over Georgia, ensuring they topped the group and won an automatic spot on the bill of Russia 2018.

Elsewhere, Cardiff City Stadium played host to a nail-biter between home nations Wales and Republic of Ireland, with the latter prevailing in a tightly contested affair.

Saints striker Shane Long was forced to watch on - missing out with a hip injury sustained against Moldova - but a James McClean goal in the 57th minute ensured Martin O'Neill's side overtook their Welsh counterparts in Group D standings.

Italy also concluded their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 away victory over Albania, where Saints' Manolo Gabbiadini was a late second-half substitute.

Azzurri had already secured a play-off berth prior to tonight's proceedings, and they will join Ireland in next Tuesday's play-off draw in Zurich.

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