Montenegro vs. England: World Cup Qualifying Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Place: Podgorica City Stadium—Podgorica, Montenegro.
Event: World Cup 2014 Qualifier
Montenegro 1-1 England
Another disappointing evening for the Three Lions saw them fail to beat Montenegro and assume first place in their qualifying group.
It started brilliantly for England, with Wayne Rooney hitting the post before scoring just four minutes later—a back-post header following awful marking by Volkov.
At the half it was easy for Roy Hodgson's side, but in the second half Montenegro turned it on. Wave after wave of attack and finally the breakthrough came.
Damjanovic poked home one of the messiest goals you'll ever see, but they all count.
Tipped over by Bozovic! Gerrard with the strike! Corner now!
Free kick to England, 25 yards from goal. left of centre...
Three added minutes
Ping-pong in Montenegro's area and Gerrard gets on the end of it—a lashing volley, but straight at the 'keeper!
Into the final three minutes of normal time...
84'—Vucinic fires a free kick well over from 25 yards.
82'—Gerrard hits one from 30 yards but it flashes wide!
81'—End to end now. Nerve-racking stuff.
77'—It's been clear that a change has been needed for some time but Hodgson has done nothing. Can England hold on?
More on the goal
Corner comes in, Hart saves the first header. No one can clear it, it bounces around and Damjanovic prods home!
GOAL! MONTENEGRO SCORE!
Delibasic on, Bozovic off.
OFF THE POST!
Corner comes in, bounces around, off the post! Oh England!!!
Jovetic smacks a half-volley and Hart beats it away!
71'—Chances at either end!
Milner creates himself some space on the right and fizzes in an excellent cross. Montenegro clear it, though they don't know much about it.
Down the other end, Vucinic bends one a yard wide with Hart beaten—Jovetic in acres on his right!
Hart drops a routine catch, it goes through his legs and he finds it again!
(Sorry about the pun)
65'—Rooney has a good effort on goal but Bozovic saves relatively comfortably.
64'—Jovetic, on the break, misses the chance to feed his teammate through after taking a touch. He eventually plays the ball but it's truly terrible.
61'—A rare foray into the opposition's half, Gerrard and Rooney link up very well and the latter's cross is blocked.
Sub for Montenegro!
Krkotic on (debut), Vuckevic off.
GOLDEN CHANCE FOR VUCINIC!
Lescott heads away from a corner, but it's downward and straight to Vucinic 10 yards out! He tries to side-foot it but he's leaning back and fires over!
DESPERATE DEFENDING BY ENGLAND
Savic is away down the right as the ball is kept in on the line (Lescott thinks its gone). The pull-back is poorly cleared by Gerrard, then last-ditch blocks stop the shot from an onrushing attacker.
56'—This is a totally different Montenegro. Vucinic brings the ball down inside the box and picks out Damjanovic. The striker pulls it and it's deflected wide. Falls to Jovetic, wide again!
Nerve-racking stuff England!
55'—Hart relieves to Montenegro pressure by punching well clear from a corner. Back to Bozovic it goes.
53'—Some rather woeful defending and indecision sees England scuff a hurried clearance from a routine ball to the 'keeper.
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