CARDIFF -- Gareth Bale made his first competitive appearance since his world-record move to Real Madrid but couldn't prevent Wales sinking to a 3-0 loss at home to Serbia in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
Bale, who has been struggling with a groin injury, came on as a 58th-minute substitute nine days after sealing a 100 million euros ($132 million) transfer from Tottenham.
By that time, his team was already 3-0 down after first-half goals by Filip Djordevic and Aleksander Kolarov and a third by Lazar Markovic in the 55th.
Serbia stayed third in Group A, but can't qualify. Wales dropped to the bottom of the group below Scotland, which beat Macedonia 2-1 thanks to Shaun Maloney's 88th-minute winner from a free kick.
Belgium and Croatia, the top two, didn't play Tuesday.