Tadić chases World Cup spot

By SFC Media Mon 09 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Shane Long

Dušan Tadić will hope to seal a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals with Serbia tonight (7.45pm BST).

Despite a surprise defeat to already-eliminated Austria on Saturday, Serbia remain in pole position in Group D of European qualifying ahead of the last round of matches.

Tadić and his teammates will cement a place in next summer's tournament if they beat Georgia at home this evening, while anything less could allow Republic of Ireland or Wales to overtake them.

Those two countries also meet tonight (7.45pm BST) in Cardiff, in a huge game.

Shane Long, who started in Republic of Ireland's home win over Moldova on Friday, will unfortunately miss the match due to a hip injury, but will be hoping his colleagues can secure a result that will earn them at least a play-off spot. 

Elsewhere, in Group G, Spain cruised to victory over Albania on Friday to secure automatic qualification for the World Cup, leaving Manolo Gabbiadini and Italy with a play-off spot.

Italy drew 1-1 at home to Macedonia on Friday, with Gabbiadini an unused sub, but they can atone against Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium tonight (7.45pm BST), as they look to finish the group on a high.

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