England vs. Montenegro: World Cup Live Score, Highlights, Recap
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, European Zone
England 4-1 Montenegro (ft)
Scorers: Wayne Rooney, 48' (1-0), Branko Boskovic own goal, 62' (2-0), Dejan Damjanovic, 71' (2-1), Andros Townsend, 78' (3-1), Daniel Sturridge penalty, 90' (4-1).
England: Hart, Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines, Townsend (Wilshere), Lampard (Carrick), Gerrard (Milner), Welbeck, Rooney, Sturridge.
Montenegro: Poleksic, Pavicevic (Beqiraj), Jovanovic, Volkov (Vukcevic), Kecojevic, Jovetic, Damjanovic, Zverotic, Drincic, Savic, Boskovic.
A tricky game ends in a convincing scoreline for England, as they go back to the top of the group thanks to a 4-1 win.
Wayne Rooney, an own goal, Andros Townsend and that late Sturridge penalty have got the telling strikes, with Damjanovic's effort ultimately in vain.
One more game for England before they can truly celebrate, but tonight is ultimately a job well done.
England 4-1 Montenegro
A softly-struck spot-kick sends the keeper the wrong way, and that's four for England.
England 4-1 Montenegro
Daniel Sturridge, 90+2 mins
STURRIDGE TO TAKE IT...
90+1'—A counter-attack down the left sees Sturridge taken down in the box and it's a PENALTY TO ENGLAND!
Three minutes added on
88'—The game is petering out a little now with both sides accepting that England are going to win this rather back-and-forth game. One more step for England to take, against Poland on Tuesday, to seal their place at the World Cup.
England sub: James Milner on for Steven Gerrard
86'—Sturridge has the ball in the net now but he's well offside as Rooney makes the through pass.
83'—Gerrard commits a foul on the slide just a few yards outside the penalty area, but a drawn-out affair on the delivery eventually comes to nothing. England a little more than five minutes from victory.
Montenegro sub: Jovetic off, Kasalica on
England sub: Jack Wilshere on for Andros Townsend
That should seal the win! Townsend weaves left then right, before arrowing a fierce strike with his right foot inside the bottom right corner, clipping the post as it goes. Wonderful hit and a debut goal for the Spurs man.
England 3 Montenegro 1
Andros Townsend, 78 mins
76'—Less than 15 minutes to go now, do England stick or twist? They must win here, no other choice. Rooney tiptoes around a couple of challenges and shoots from range, but it's soft and easy for the keeper.
Montenegro sub: Vukcevic for Volkov
A strike from range is going well wide until Damjanovic sticks out a foot and diverts the ball straight past Hart into the far corner. Maybe this game isn't over yet? 2-1 to England, 18 minutes to go.
England 2-1 Montenegro
Dejan Damjanovic, 71 mins
69'—Should be 3-0 to England! First Rooney cuts it back just behind Gerrard and he can't steer the shot on target, then from a corner kick Welbeck fires in a shot from close range which is well blocked by the keeper. England looking to seal the win here.
England sub: Michael Carrick on for Frank Lampard.
63'—OFF THE BAR! Jovetic hasn't quite finished as he comes forward and whacks a 30-yard shot in, which beats Joe Hart but not his goalframe. The ball smacks back off the bar and bounces to safety.
England double their lead after some fantastic buildup play and a comical finish.
Sturridge shows great footwork down the left to evade a defender and backheel the ball to Welbeck, who gets into the box and cuts the ball back. It only reaches Boskovic who should comfortably clear, but swings at it with his wrong foot and only succeeds in swiping it into the far corner for 2-0.
England 2 Montenegro 0
Boskovic own goal, 62 mins
60'—Half an hour left of this game, England still one goal to the good. Danny Welbeck is running off a knock after a poor tackle on him.
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