By Harry Sykes
Gary Lineker highlighted the fine margins in football after Aleksandar Mitrovic broke Wales’ hearts with a late equaliser for Serbia on Saturday night.
The Newcastle striker spearheaded the Serbia attack in a team that included Premier League colleagues Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic and Dusan Tadic.
Gareth Bale put Wales ahead with a trademark clinical finish for his 26th Wales goal in the World Cup qualifier in Cardiff before Mitrovic levelled the scores late on with a well placed header that went in off the post.
The Newcastle forward has now had a direct hand in six goals in his last four appearances for club and country, which includes five goals and one assist.
Mitrovic’s equaliser came 53 seconds after Bale had hit the post with a shot that was inches from giving Wales a two-goal advantage and handing them the three points.
Match of the Day host Lineker took to Twitter to express his sympathy at Wales’ predicament.
“Bale hits the post and it pops out,” Lineker said on his personal Twitter account. “A minute later Mitrovic hits the post and it goes in. A tiny yet enormous difference.”
Bale hits the the post and it pops out. A minute later Mitrovic hits the post and it goes in. A tiny yet enormous difference.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 12, 2016
In 46 matches in all competitions for Newcastle since joining in the summer of 2015 from Anderlecht, Mitrovic has scored 14 goals and supplied six assists.
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