Aleksandar Mitrovic denies Wales after Aaron Ramsey hits spot against Serbia

Serbia v Wales - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group D

Aaron Ramsey could not have picked a better place to convert a Panenka penalty as Wales secured a precious point against the Group D leaders, Serbia, to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals next summer, yet it was a night tinged with regret for Chris Coleman and his players after they allowed victory to slip through their fingers for the fourth time in this campaign.

Séamus Coleman mental strength will help recovery, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O’Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the awful moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg. “I was pretty shaken by it,” the Republic of Ireland manager said.

Séamus Coleman leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman is stretchered off injured

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

Chris Coleman wants no tension from his Wales team in Dublin derby

Wales manager Chris Coleman during training

As Chris Coleman contemplated the challenge posed by a Republic of Ireland side enjoying the view from the top of Group D the Wales manager cast his mind back to that chastening defeat against England at Euro 2016 and the moment when he broke an alcohol curfew as he tried to come to terms with a game where his players were so wrapped up in the occasion that they ended up “wishing their lives away”.