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Serbia-Wales draw completes perfect day for Group D leaders Ireland

Gareth Bale’s powerful strike from the edge of the area was not enough to earn his side a victory.

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A GREAT DAY for Ireland got even better this evening, as two of their Group D rivals drew 1-1 in Cardiff.

It was a point apiece for Wales and Serbia amid a closely fought World Cup qualifier.

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Gareth Bale’s powerful strike from the edge of the area gave Wales a first-half lead, but Aleksandar Mitrović’s late goal ensured a share of the spoils.

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That result, coupled with Ireland’s 1-0 win over Austria earlier, means the Boys in Green will end 2016 as Group D leaders.

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Meanwhile, in today’s other game in the group, Georgia and Moldova drew 1-1, with Alexandru Gațcan’s 78th-minute strike cancelling out Valeri Qazaishvili’s early opener.

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