Scotland, who showed more initiative in the second half, slumped to a 2-0 defeat against a Serbian side that dominated the first 45 but looked less likely to score in the second half.

That was until they hit the Scots with two sucker-punch goals in the space of 10 minutes. Scotland, who had also lost to Wales on Friday, are now left with no chance of qualification into the World Cup, which is being held in Rio, Brazil during 2014. 

The loss against Serbia has left many Scots in despair, with recently appointed manager Gordon Strachan confused at the Scotland national team's recent performances.

With Wales losing to Croatia and Belgium beating Macedonia, Scotland are also the only team in the group to have not won so far in the qualifying process.

Many critics of the Scotland national team say lacklustre performances have led this to be the worst Scottish squad in history, with similar criticisms coming for the majority of the other home nations, England excluded. 

Wales, who are also in Scotland's group, surrendered a 1-0 lead against Croatia to eventually lose the match 2-1.

Wales, went 1-0 up courtesy of a Gareth Bale penalty on the 21st minute, but chances soon became hard to come by and Wales started to struggle against the Croatians.

Wales' lead lasted until the 77th minute. Croatia, who created many more chances, failed to breach the Welsh defence for a second time until the 88th minute, ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo breached the defence and slid the ball past Boaz Myhill to complete the comeback.

Northern Ireland, who faced Israel at Windsor Park, looked on top throughout the match, but struggled to take their chances and ultimately lost 2-0, crushing their hopes of World Cup qualification - a mere dream lost in translation.

Wales are in a similar position after their loss. Republic of Ireland, who drew to Austria, with David Alaba saving the Austrians from a 2-1 defeat, scoring 30 seconds before the final whistle, still have a realistic chance of qualification as their group remains wide open, with three teams all on eight points, chasing the second place spot which would provide them with a play-off opportunity.

 

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