Tuesday March 26, 2013 1st Round: Group H Finished Stadion Pod Goricom

Montenegro 1 - 1 England

  • Damjanovic 75’
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  1. World Cup - Player ratings: England's second-half swoon

    World Cup - Player ratings: England's second-half swoon

    Find out who held their own and who wilted on a feisty night in Podgorica, as England drew with Montenegro. More

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    Time:90'
    • Montenegro
    • England
    • 90+4' There's the final whistle! England will be disappointed at letting their advantage slip, but all things considered a draw is a decent result after that second-half battering.
    • 90+3' Gerrard with the free-kick... saved unconvincingly by Bozovic! He flaps it behind for a corner!
    • 90+2' Yellow card Dzudovic for a naughty challenge on Welbeck. And a free-kick for England in a decent position.
    • 90+2' Young gets clattered 30 yards from goal, but the referee saw nothing wrong. Play on.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Gerrard! He smacks a left-foot volley from the edge of the box - a great hit, but straight at Bozovic in the Montenegro goal. This could go either way.
    • 89' England shift the ball smartly to Gerrard, whose deflected shot spirals through the air and Bozovic swats it clear with a mighty punch.
    • 89' Rooney sees Young in space on the left but rather underhits his pass, allowing Montenegro to get men in front of the ball.
    • 88' England break, and it's Ashley Cole making a storming run through the middle... the pass goes just beyond him.
    • 87' Hart punches a clearance as far as Young, who is immediately tackled by Stevan Jovetic.
    • 86' Freaky! Gerrard smashes a clearance into Vucinic and the ball loops goalwards, forcing Hart to tip the ball over!
    • 85' Vucinic.... nope. Strikes his free-kick over the bar. I was convinced that was going to be a goal.
    • 84' Marko Basa gets some treatment after a whack in the face, ans still we wait for this free-kick.
    • 83' Carrick challenges Jovetic and it's a Montenegro free-kick justb outside the box. Looked like he got the ball, there.
    • 82' Steven Gerrard hits a long shot that bounces wide to the right of Bozovic's goal.
    • 81' End-to-end stuff here as the teams take turn to race forward. Is there a winner in this game? Montenegro win a throw deep inside England territory.
    • 79' Smoke drifts across the pitch, and suddenly England are on the attack. Not been too much of that this half... but Young gives it away.
    • 78' England change: Ashley Young on for Tom Cleverley as flares go off in the crowd.
    • 77' That goal might have been scrappy, but it was richly deserved. Montenegro have bossed this second half.
    • 76' GOAL! Montenegro are level! Dejan Damjanovic puts the ball in after a brilliant Hart save and a huge goalmouth scramble! That came from a Montenegro corner on the right.
    • 75' Montenegro going for it. Andrija Delibasic on for Vladimir Bozovic.
    • 75' Off the post! As the corner comes in, it grazes off somebody in the sea of players and comes back opff the right-hand upright!
    • 74' Jovetic! Controls 20 yards out and hits a dipping volley that Hart pushes rather showily behind for a corner!
    • 73' Montenegro are still being urged on by their hilariously-voiced PA announcer. I actually think he sounds more like a cross between the Honey Monster and Lemmy from Motorhead.
    • 71' So close Vucinic! Curls a shot just widfe of the right-hand post, but he had Damjanovic screaming for the ball outside him! England on the ropes.
    • 70' Milner blasts a powerful cross from the right and Dzudovic blocks.
    • 69' Nearly a clanger from Hart as Vucinic cuts inside from the left and hits a shot into the goalkeeper's gloves, but it squirms out and NEARLY dribbles over the line.
    • 67' Montenegro corner... punched clear by Hart and the ball comes back in. Poor through ball from Vucinic looking for Damjanovic.
    • 66' England free-kick, right of centre about five yards outside the edge of the box. Rooney shoots, but it hadsn't got the pace to beat Mladen Bozovic.
    • 65' Just before that, Milos Krkotic came on for Vukcevic, and he was actually involved in that counter-attack.
    • 64' Gerrard's corner is cleared and here come Montenegro on the break with a three on two! But Jovetic hits a 40-yard shot instead of trying to find a colleague! Hart holds.
    • 63' Terrifying singing over the tannoy system. Think a Balkan James Hetfield. Is that allowed?
    • 62' Vucinic hits a 25-yard shot that comes off a defender and bounces through to Hart. England under intense pressure here.
    • 61' Milner turns Vladimir Bozovic, but is adjudged to have fouled the Montenegro left-back.
    • 60' So close Vucinic! Lescott meets the corner with a weak header that drops to Vucinic who volleys over from 10 yards! Should have done better.
    • 59' Smalling heads Volkov's cross behind and it's another Montenegro corner. More pressure.
    • 58' Savic clears down the right and the ball stays in play. Lescott switches off but Vucinic is alert and seizes on the ball. But his low cross to the edge of the box is poor and England survive.
    • 57' Straight back down the other end as Montenegro pour forwardm but neither Damjanovic nor Jovetic can get a clean shot away!
    • 56' Now it's England's turn to put the ball into the mixer as Gerrard pumps in a high, hanging ball that Bozovic holds.
    • 55' Zverotic delivers the corner from the other side and Hart stretches to tip the ball away.
    • 54' Vukcevic swings in a cross from the Montenegro right which is met by Basa! Heads wide from 10 yards under pressure.
    • 53' England are stretched again, as Smalling boots the ball into the crowd hurriedly, and Gerrard then does likewise.
    • 51' Gerrard delivers an inswinging corner from the England left... and Mladen Bozovic makes an easy catch.
    • 50' Rooney hits a long shot that ricochets into the path of Milner, whose cross is put behind for a corner by Savic.
    • 49' A barrage of toilet paper lands in the England box, and as it is cleared it actually gives England a chance to catch their breath after an awkward start to the second half.
    • 48' Side netting! Vucinic stands a cross up to the far post and Jovetic's header ripples the net - half the crowd think the ball is in, but it has gone the wrong side of the post!
    • 48' Clumsy foul by Glen Johnson who has already been booked, bringing Jovetic down. The free-kick is taken quickly but Milner blocks Vucinic's cross and carries the ball away,
    • 47' Carrick puts the ball behind for a Montenegro corner... played short to Vladimir Bozovic whose high, looping cross is held by Hart.
    • 46' Second half under way - the new man Damjanovic playing on the right side of midfield.
    • 46' A half-time change from Montenegro, as Dejan Damjanovic comes on for Mitar Novakovic. How will that change things?
    • 46' Half-time! It seems rather odd to say but England are leading, and deservedly so. Well played them. Can they complete an important win? Find out in a few minutes.
    • 45+1' Vucinic drives down the right, but Lescott gets between his opponent and the ball and wins a free-kick.
    • 45+1' Just one minute of added time to be played.
    • 45' Gerrard whips in a corner towards Smalling, who is beaten to the ball by Vladimir Bozovic who gets a whack from the England player and stays down.
    • 44' Can England add a second before the end of a first half in which they have played really rather well?
    • 43' The replay shows there may have been slight contact from Savic, but Welbeck made a meal of it and tripped himself up to make it look worse than it was. Possibly a dive AND a penalty...
    • 42' Cleverley slips a through ball to Welbeck who goes down - appeared to have his legs caught! Referee Eriksson says it was a dive and books Welbeck!
    • 40' England push for a second as Carrick rolls a pass to the feet of Milner - in fact, he rolls it underneath Milner's foot as the wide man miscontrols.
    • 39' More Hollywood from Gerrard as he pings one wide left for Cole - he finds his target, but Cole can only head to the feet of a defender.
    • 38' Johnson tries a reverse through ball for Milner, but it's a low-percentage option in a crowded penalty box.
    • 37' Hart picks out Rooney on the right with a long clearance... but England cannot carve out a chance.
    • 36' Good from England now as Welbeck gets free down the left. His low cross is aimed at Rooney but a defender clears it from inside the six-yard box.
    • 35' Nice feet from Vukcevic to weave inside Cole, but he then goes theatrically to ground and is told to get up.
    • 34' Zverotic tries a 35-yard shot which is cut out at the edge of the box. Didn't seem to have enough pace to trouble Hart anyway.
    • 33' Another loose Gerrard pass as Rooney looks for a return ball.
    • 32' Offside against Volkov now. Vucinic plays it through to the runner who was just beyond Johnson down the left flank.
    • 31' The free-kick comes to nothing as Zverotic puts it out for a goal kick.
    • 30' A yellow card for Glen Johnson for crunching Jovetic down the Montenegro left. Clear booking.
    • 28' Now it's England to stroke the ball around comfortably. All in all, a very satisfying first half hour.
    • 27' Milner drives a diagonal ball across the face of goal... Rooney meets it at the far post but there's no way he can turn it back on target.
    • 26' Welbeck skips past Savic on the left but takes a heavy touch and Basa makes a good challenge - the ball ricochets back off Welbeck and out for a goal kick.
    • 25' At the other end, England break and Rooney delivers an inswinging cross that just carries over the head of Welbeck.
    • 24' Vukcevic gets half a yard at the edge of the box but cannot find Jovetic with his through ball.
    • 23' Vucinic cuts out a Gerrard Hollywood pass... nearly leads to trouble for England but they are back in sufficient number.
    • 22' England need to be careful not to lose momentum here. They have just settled back slightly and the home side are starting to dominate possession.
    • 21' Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic has been told off for 'doing a Wenger' - that is physically abusing a bottle of water.
    • 20' Montenegro forward in numbers now. Vukcevic can't work it into the box... he then crosses and Lescott clears for a corner.
    • 19' Montenegro have at least got a foothold in the game - it's no longer a stream of English attacks.
    • 18' Plenty of other games going on, including Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France v Spain. You can follow them all with us. World Cup scores and scorers
    • 16' Milner comes inside from the right and nobody closes him down... he lashes a diagonal shot wide of the far post.
    • 16' Honestly, who let the England band into the ground?
    • 15' Welbeck glides inside from the left and tries to find Milner with a through ball... cut out by a red shirt.
    • 14' Jovetic brings down Ashley Cole as the defender carries the ball out of his own box - Joe Hart whacks the resultant free-kick away.
    • 12' Vucinic has already changed his position, and he is now playing through the middle, offering support to Jovetic.
    • 11' Decent spell of possession for Montenegro as Jovetic finally gets on the ball. Volkov claims he is pushed over by Smalling at the edge of the box, but the Swedish ref Jonas Eriksson waves the appeal away.
    • 10' The home fans are hoping to spur their heroes back into the game. Branko Brnovic said England were nervous, but it's Montenegro who have made a stuttering start to this one.
    • 9' OptaJoe has a nice stat as ever: 'Wayne Rooney the first England player to score in four successive qualifying matches since David Beckham in April 2003. Hothead.'
    • 8' Abysmal marking from Montenegro at the corner. Rooney had a free header eight yards out. They don't come a lot easier than that.
    • 7' Wayne Rooney has now scored in five consecutive games for England - that brings him to 35 England goals in his 81st appearance.
    • 6' GOAL! Rooney heads home from close range as Montenegro's marking falls apart as Gerrard's corner comes into the box! England lead 1-0.
    • 6' The corner is cleared as far as Johnson, who laces a 30-yarder that Bozovic tips over! Close from the England right-back.
    • 5' England win a corner as Basa heads Gerrard's through ball behind before Rooney can latch on to it.
    • 4' This is a good start from England - though Vucinic has shown a couple of glimpses of his dribbling ability coming inside from the Montenegro right.
    • 3' Rooney hits the post! The goalkeeper slips as Rooney runs down the right - he tries a chip, which is perfectly weighted by comes back off the far upright!
    • 2' England win a throw on the left, deep inside the Montenegro half. Vucinic has started wide on the right for the home side, with Jovetic up front on his own.
    • 2' There's toilet paper in the Montenegro box. Old-school missile.
    • 1' Game on! England kick off, playing from right to left in all white. Montenegro in red with yellow trim. And the home fans are whistling like mad.
    • 19:58 For all the Montenegrins are being painted as borderline psychopaths, they have just applauded the English anthem. Or maybe that actually proves it...
    • 19:56 And out they come! It's noisy.
    • 19:55 The teams gather in the tunnel - a hostile reception awaits England.
    • 19:52 Another quick hello from me. I'm Alex Chick - I'll be writing words here for the next couple of hours. Should be fun. Feel free to follow me on Twitter - @alexchick81 Alex Chick on Twitter
    • 19:50 Roy Hodgson sounds rather weary in his pre-match chat with Gabriel Clarke. He answers one question with a giant sigh....
    • 19:45 Gary Neville has just been on ITV - he has unsurprisingly identified Jovetic and Vucinic as the pair to watch. They have excellent movement, and will try to pull Lescott and Smalling out of position.
    • 19:40 Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic was tremendous value in his pree conference: "I think the English are already making excuses for a possible defeat. I don't know how else to explain the fact that they are unhappy with everything. I’m reading statements from the English players about the way the pitch will look. As far as I know, the English have always favoured long passes and I can’t see why they are complaining about this. Who should it most affect? We, or England?"
    • 19:35 Roy Hodgson in his pre-match press conference: "Our disciplinary record (in qualifying) has been outstanding. Tactical discipline leads to personal discipline. The players are aware of it. When you play in big matches for club or country and you're one of the experienced players, you are always under the responsibility to play well and be the leader everyone expects you to be." Last time England were here Wayne Rooney got sent off, and consequently missed the first two games of the Euros.
    • 19:30 No real surprises in the Montenegro team (listed there by number, not position) - Mirko Vucinic and Stevan Jovetic the two danger men up front for the home side.
    • 19:25 TEAMS: MONTENEGRO: M Bozovic, Basa, Volkov, Vukcevic, Jovetic, Vucinic, Novakovic, Zverotic, V Bozovic, Dzudovic, Savic... Subs: Blazic, Poleksic, Jovanovic, Kevojevic, Delibasic, Beciraj, Damjanovic, Igumanovic, Kasalica, Krkotic. // ENGLAND: Hart, Johnson, Lescott, Smalling, Cole, Milner, Carrick, Gerrard, Cleverley, Welbeck, Rooney... Subs: Forster, Foster, Walker, Baines, Caulker, Lampard, Parker, Osman, Oxlade-Chamberlain Young, Defoe, Sturridge.
    • 19:20 And there are scuffles between the Montenegro fans in one area of the ground. Let's just say they are pumped up.
    • 19:20 Big banners ahoy around the ground. Apparently they read 'Let Montenegro be eternal' and 'Our lives for your victories'. Banners in Podgorica.
    • 19:15 We still await confirmation of the Montenegro team line-up. In the meantime, I'll say hello. My name's Alex Chick, and I'll be guiding you through this one. If you fancy getting in touch on Twitter, feel free - @alexchick81. Alex Chick on Twitter
    • 19:15 There's already a hostile atmosphere at the Podgorica City Stadium. From AFP's Tom Williams: "Loud jeers and whistles as England goalkeepers come out to warm up. Joe Hart responds by thumping a shot into the top corner of the goal. Looked like a small object was thrown at England goalkeepers as they jogged past home fans during warm-up. Missed by a fair distance though."
    • 19:10 The good news for England is that Ukraine and Poland are both making rather a hash of their qualifying campaign, and are both six points behind Hodgson's men with a game in hand. Mind you, with Ukraine at home to Moldova and Poland facing San Marino, both should pick up a win tonight. Group H details
    • 19:05 Montenegro sit top of Group H with 13 points - four wins and a draw from their opening five games. England lie two points back and know defeat tonight would spell disaster for their hopes of finishing top of the table. It could be a tense evening for England manager Roy Hodgson 19 faces you don’t want to see Roy Hodgson making tonight
    • 19:00 Let's go straight in with some team news - this is England's starting XI, which contains no surprises: Hart, Johnson, Smalling, Lescott, Cole, Gerrard, Carrick, Milner, Cleverley, Welbeck, Rooney.
    • 19:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the World Cup qualifier between Montenegro and England from Podgorica!
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    Manager: Branko Brnovic

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    Manager: Roy Hodgson

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