Ireland 1 Serbia 2: in pictures
The formalities at Wednesday night's international friendly with Serbia at the Aviva Stadium included a tribute to servants of Irish football who died in recent times. The Irish team joined in with the crowd's generous applause. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne
The Ireland XI was comprised of (back, from left) McClean, McCarthy, Wilson, Forde, Ward and Keogh; and front, Hoolahan, Coleman, McGeady, captain Whelan, and Long.
After an early disallowed effort from Glenn Whelan, Shane Long pounced on an error from Branislav Ivanovic to get Ireland off the mark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne
A happy Tipperary man was left to wheel away and celebrate his good fortune.
Long's goal left Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill content if not overjoyed. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer
But you know who was all smiles. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Seamus Coleman was one of many Ireland players to enjoy a first half in which they possibly should have increased their lead. Photograph: Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan
Coleman had his admirers in the stand too. Hon the Seamie...
Serbia's threat built as the half progressed, as shown by Branislav Ivanovic's towering header while under pressure from Richard Keogh
Ireland's half-time lead was short-lived after the resumption and the Serbian team celebrated an equaliser after James McCarthy put the ball into his own net.
Worse was to follow when on the hour Aleksandar Kolarov slid the ball across for Filip Dordevic to score their second goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne
Dordevic slots home Kolorov's pass for what proved the winner.
The Irish players suffer the first defeat of Martin O'Neill's reign.
Despite his goal, Shane Long was left to rue a couple of good chances to increase his and Ireland's account. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire