Luka Milivojevic has joined teammates Chung-yong Lee and Christian Benteke in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after Serbia confirmed their spot in Russia last night.
The Serbs reached their first World Cup since 2010 by beating Georgia 1-0 in Belgrade, with the Palace midfielder coming off the bench for the final 13 minutes just after Aleksandar Prijovic had grabbed the all-important goal.
Milivojevic, who netted his first international goal in his nation’s previous game against Austria, can now look forward to featuring in the tournament next summer, which is only the second time they have reached a major finals under their current guise of Serbia.
However, Wayne Hennessey’s hopes of helping Wales reach a first World Cup in 60 years ended after they were beaten 1-0 by the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff to finish third behind Serbia and Eire, denying them a play-off spot.
Despite heading into the game with a chance of qualifying automatically, James McClean’s goal in the second half proved to be the fatal blow to the Red Dragons’ hopes, with Eagles loanee Jonny Williams playing 53 minutes after replacing Joe Allen in the first half.