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October 7, 2011
• 3:00 PM
• Stadion Pod Goricom, Podgorica
Referee: W. Stark
• Attendance: 11340
E. Zverotić 45'
A. Delibašić 90'+
A. Young 11'
D. Bent 31'
This is Alex Labidou, if you enjoyed my LIVE commentary today feel free to follow me at @SportsLab on twitter.
Montenegro made a remarkable come back from two goals to draw with England. Fans are celebrating as it secured a playoff spot that could lead to qualifying for the Euros 2012. England secures its qualification but the Wayne Rooney red card is an embarrassment for the side.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Mirko Vučinić
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Andrija Delibasic
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Milorad Pekovic
90' + 1'
Goal Andrija Delibasic
GOAL!!!!!! Delibasic scores what could be a huge goal for Montenegro as it gives the team a chance to play in Euros 2012 qualifying playoffs.
Yellow Card Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic, who went down under Phil Jones' challenge in the first half, plays a clever one-two to break into the box and goes down under pressure from Gary Cahill. The ref rushes over to impart his decision and it is a yellow card for the midfielder for simulation. A poor dive.
Montenegro really threatening now but an inswinging free kick from the right is well cleared by England. Remember, a draw would suit both sides tonight.
Another scare for the visitors as another cross headed back across goal is almost steered in by Delibasic's overhead kick. Moments later the flag goes up to the relief of Joe Hart's defence.
Damjanovic almost scored one of the greatest goals ever as he did a bicycle kick that would have leveled the game.
Welbeck immediately adds energy and some grit as he charges past two defenders and draws a free kick.
Danny Welbeck replaces Theo Walcott.
Red Card Wayne Rooney
Montenegro keeps on trying to get back into the game but England has been timely in its defensive stops.
Given the fact that Wales currently lead the Swiss, both sides could seal 1st and 2nd place here with a draw. Can't imagine England wanting to let in any late sympathy goals here though.
Montenegro and England are making more subs. Lampard comes on for Bent and Beciraj comes out for Damjanović
Yellow Card Milan Jovanović
Goalscorer Young has come off for his former teammate Stewart Downing.
Incredibly, Montenegro's goal was the first England has conceded in the penalty area for its entire Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. It was the only team that held that remarkable record up until today.
Montenegro much improved from the first half and Fabio Capello will not be enjoying this start to the half much at all.
Beciraj beats Ashley Cole not once but twice but cannot wrap his left foot around the ball sufficiently to send his effort goal-ward. Good run by the midfielder.
Nervy moment for England. Jovetic ghosts into the box at the back post on the left hand side and is challenged clumsily by Phil Jones, everyone in the stadium believes it's a penalty except Jones and, crucially, the referee. A let off for the visitors.
England's turn to show their defensive skills as they hold out against a growing Montenegrin threat.
Chance for the hosts! Beciraj finds space on the left hand side of the England area and cuts inside to shoot low and hard. His effort has Joe Hart scrambling and the keeper has to collect it at the second attempt. England must be careful.
A one-two between the Ashleys (Cole and Young) wins a free kick when the former is brought down. Nice position for England here.
A long ball forward by Montenegro is headed up and away by Cahill but then Scott Parker gets absolutely clattered jumping for the follow up to win a free kick.
Montenegro get the match back underway and have brought on Milan Jovanovic (not formerly of Liverpool) on for Kascelan.
Montenegro kicks off the second half!!!
Players are walking back on the field.
Have any questions about the game so far, hit me up via twitter at @sportslab.
45' + 1'
First half ends and what an appropriate time to score for Montenegro. This should lift the team's spirit and give it some motivation in the second half.
Goal Elsad Zverotić
GOALL!!!! Montenegro gets back into it as Zvertovic scores after a cross lands into his feet and he gets a good first touch and keeps his composure in front of the goal.
Phil Jones fouled again during another foray into the Montenegrin half. The Manchester United defender has been a real thorn in the host's side so far tonight with an impressive performance so far at right-back.
The home crowd have been silenced by England's display. Capello will be more than pleased with his side's work so far.
Walcott bursts into the hosts' box but falls at the vital moment to lose possession. Rooney played the Arsenal man in yet again and is really pulling the strings here.
Ashley Young causing havoc again as he commits a defender with a clever step over but balloons the subsequent cross out of play on the opposite side.
Montenegro exploiting the crossfield ball over Jones' shoulder again but Vucinic hand balls it in controlling and wastes the opportunity.
England with a real cushion and they'd have to put on quite some horror show now to forfeit qualification for Euro 2012.
Goal Darren Bent
GOAL!!!!! Young gets the ball from Rooney and provides a low cross to Bent who taps in a poachers effort on the right side of the goal.
Missed opportunity, Jovetic is blocked in front of goal by Gareth Barry, that would have likely equalized.
Phil Jones meets an Ashley Young corner with a powerful header but it bounces off his own man away to safety.
Stevan Jovetic thinks he has found space in front of the England back four but is challenged fairly and rather firmly by Gareth Barry.
Jones does well to watch a ball over his shoulder and gets it back to Joe Hart safely with Jovetic sprinting behind him.
Barry and Parker working very well as a deep lying partnership here. England looking very solid in the middle and both are taking part in launching attacks.
Darren Bent runs the channels down the right and his ball across the box is scrambled away by the Montenegrin defense.
That stat makes his snub in the World Cup even more shocking....
From OptaJoe on Twitter: 4 - Ashley Young is England's top scorer since the end of the 2010 World Cup (all in 2011). Dangerman
Considering its disappointment not qualifying in 2008 Euros and poor showing in the World Cup, England looks like its beginning to be a contender again.Aside from Rooney, every position appears to be very deep.
A lot of people question Walcott can't play a traditional winger role but he showed his quality there.
GOAALLL!!!! Walcott blazes on the right side of the midfield and crosses the ball to a diving Ashley Young who scores on a header in front of goal.
Goal Ashley Young
Vukcevic proves he's one to look at for the future. Amazing footwork going past Phil Jones, Young and Cahill before passing the ball forward to Vucinic
Good goalkeeping, Montenegro's keeper saves a laser volley from Walcott that should have went in.
Young's corner goes sailing into an area that doesn't help England much.
England has tried to assert itself early and has earned itself a corner.
England wearing their rather Oxbridge-esque new away kit tonight, Montenegro in their home Red and Yellow kit.
England is playing its 900th soccer match today.
England kicks off!!! The qualifier begins!!!!
Players are walking onto the slippery pitch in Montenegro.
Raining hard tonight in Podgorica and the surface will certainly need it considering concerns raised over the length of the grass.
The host's danger men that England and Fabio Capello will certainly be aware of are Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic and Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic. Two fantastic players who will have to be marshalled well if England are to get through tonight.
From Opta Stats, Twitter: 13 - Joe Hart has made more international appearances for England without losing a game than any other player since Euro 96. Unbeatable
Much talk today over whether Bobby Zamora was set to make his first England start however Darren Bent has been chosen to lead the line here in Montenegro. Phil Jones has fought off competition from Kyle Walker and Micah Richards to slot in at right-back.
England: Hart; Jones, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Barry, Parker; Walcott, Rooney, Young; Bent Subs: Carson, Jagielka, Baines, Lampard, Downing, Welbeck, Zamora.
Montenegro lineup: Mladen Bozovic; Zverotic, Djudovic, Savic, Kascelan; Vukcevic, Pekovic, Vladimir Bozovic, Beciraj, Jovetic; Vucinic. Subs: Blazic, Jovanovic, Batak, Djalovic, Damjanovic, Cetkovic, Delibasic.
Hello readers, welcome to Goal.com LIVE commentary of today's Euro 2012 qualifer between England and Montenegro. It's a crucial match for the Three Lions as winning would secure qualification to the European Championships. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) and I will be giving my insights throughout the match.
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