Both Branislav Ivanovic and Petr Cech were involved in stalemates, while Victor Moses’ Nigeria struggled to overcome Liberia on a disappointing night for the Chelsea contingent on international duty.

Serbia opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with a goalless draw against Scotland at Hampden Park with Ivanovic, who skippered his country, going close with a second-half header, though the home side had goalkeeper Allan McGregor to thank for securing a point as he denied Dusan Tadic in the dying minutes.

Cech, meanwhile, was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers as Czech Republic held on for a point in their opening Group A encounter against Denmark in a game which the Danes will feel they should have won.

The home side lacked a cutting edge with Nicklas Bendtner suspended, but Cech was forced into a smart stop from a Christian Eriksen free-kick.

Our newest recruit, Victor Moses, was part of the Nigeria team held to a 2-2 draw by Liberia in African Cup of Nations qualification.

Having equalised after going behind early in the game, Nigeria went in front when Moses won a penalty which was duly converted by Ike Uche, but it was all-square once more when Liberia’s Sekou Iliesh capitalised on a blunder by Vincent Enyeama to draw the hosts level.

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