Serbia lost grounds on leaders Portugal in Group A of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the European section after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by hosts, the Republic of Ireland.

The Serbians were unable to secure the win that would have taken them level with Portugal in Group A as far as the European section of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers is concerned.

Group A leaders Portugal and Serbia started the latest set of group games with the same points. Portugal had a record ofthree wins and one draw from four matches to amass a total of ten points. The Serbians also had ten points from four games but they were in second place before the latest round of Group A matches by virtue of goal difference.

Portugal moved three points clear of Serbia with the convincing win over hosts Azerbaijan in the latest round of games in Group A and Serbia would have drawn level on points with a win at the home of the Republic of Ireland. The Portuguese team beat Azerbaijan 3-0 on Tuesday evening thanks to the goals from Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Diogo Jota.

Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva scored the opening goal of the game on 26 minutes before RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva added a second goal five minutes later to give Portugal a two-goal lead at the break. Liverpool star Jota wrapped up the win in the second half.

Serbia could not move level on points with Portugal after they could only play a 1-1 draw at the home of the Republic of Ireland. Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savicgave the Serbians the lead on 20 minutes and the advantage lasted until the final three minutes. Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic put through his own net three minutes from time to give the Republic of Ireland a share of the spoils.