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Friday, 7 October 2011
European Championship 2012 Group G qualification match

Montenegro 2 England 2 [1-2]
 

Stadion Pod Goricom, Centar, Podgorica
Attendance: 12,000;
Kick-off: 7.00pm CEST, 8.00pm BST;
Live on Sky Sports One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Ashley Young (header 10 9:59), Darren Bent (two-yard tap-in 31 30:46).
Montenegro -
Elsad Zverotić (twelve-yard shot 45 44:44), Andrija Delibašić (header 90+1 90:07).
Match Summary
Montenegro Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Montenegro - Milan Jovanović (60 59:16), Stevan Jovetić (88 87:55), Andrija Delibašić (90+1 90:55), Mirko Vučin (90+3 92:15).
Red Card: England - Wayne Rooney (74 73:38)

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (45:20 &  48:39)

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Germany

Montenegro

Type

England
Referee (yellow) - Wolfgang Stark
41 (20 November 1969), Landshut, FIFA listed 1999.

Assistant Referees - Jan-Hendrik Salver, 42 (1 March 1969), Stuttgart & Mike Pickel, 36 (8 April 1975).

Fourth official - Peter Sippel, 42 (6 October 1969), München, FIFA-listed 2003.

10 Goal Attempts 5
4 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 8
2 Offside Calls Against 4
18 Fouls Conceded 12
42.4% Possession 57.6%

Montenegro Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (21st Sept 2011) 26th
ELO rating =48th
Colours: Made by Legea - Red shirts with yellow collar/shoulder panels/hem, red shorts with yellow trim, red socks with yellow tops.
Capt: Mirko Vučin Coach: Branislav Brnović, 44 (8 August 1967), appointed 8 September 2011.
1st match, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 2 - A 2.
Montenegro Lineup
1 Bozović, Mladen 27 1 August 1984 G Videoton FC, Hungary 19 0
20 Dzudović, Miodrag 32 6 September 1979 D PFC Spartak Nalchik, Russia 13 1
21 Savić, Stefan 20 8 January 1991 D Manchester City FC, England 9 2
15 Peković, Milorad 34 5 August 1977 M SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Germany 26 0
17 Zverotić, Elsad 24 31 October 1986 M Berner SC Young Boys 1898, Switzerland 26 2
6 Kašćelan, Mladen, off 46th min. 28 13 February 1983 M Łódzki Klub Sportowy SS, Poland 17 0
7 Vukčević, Simon 25 29 January 1986 M Blackburn Rovers FC, England 30 2
8 Jovetić, Stevan 22 2 November 1988 F ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 17 7
Jovetić cautioned in the 88th minute for unsporting behaviour, for running in the penalty area longside Phil Jones and diving to receive a penalty decision.
9 Vučin, Mirko 27 1 October 1983 F Juventus FC, Italy 25 11
Vučin cautioned in the 93rd minute for leaving the field of play without permission! Suspended.
19 Bozović, Vladimir, off 80th min. 29 13 November 1981 M FC Rapid Bucureşti, Romania 26 0
11 Bećiraj, Fatos, off 64th min. 23 5 May 1988 F NK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 12 1
Montenegro Substitutes
4 Jovanović, Milan, on 46th min. for Kascelan 28 21 July 1983 D PFC Spartak Nalchik, Russia 27 0
Jovanović cautioned in the 60th minute for unsporting behaviour, for a cynical trip on a Theo Walcott, as he tried to skip over him. Suspended.
14 Damjanović, Dejan, on 64th (63:21) min for Bećiraj 30 27 July 1981 F FC Seoul, Korea Republic 10 2
23
Delibašić, Andrija, on 80th min. (79:05) for V.Bozović 30 24 April 1981 F Rayo Vallecano de Madrid SAD, Spain 11 2
Delibašić cautioned in the 91st minute for leaving the field of play without permission, when jumping into the crowd, after his goal.

unused substitutes:

5-Radoslav Batak, 10-Radomir Djalovic, 12-Srdan Blazic, 18-Marko Cetkovic.
   
4-5-1 M.Bozović -
V.Bozović (Delibašić
)
, Savić, Dzudović, Zverotić -
Bećiraj (Damjanović), Peković, Vukčević, Kašćelan (Jovanović), Jovetić -
Vučinić.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 20.0 2.3

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (21st Sept 2011) 8th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2011 away uniform - Dark blue shirts with light blue collar, light blue shorts, dark blue socks with light blue tops.
Capt: John Terry, 33rd captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 65, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
40th match, W 26 - D 8 - L 6 - F 87 - A 35.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 24 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 14 8 GA
2 Jones, Philip A. 19 21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 1 0
3 Cole, Ashley 30 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 92 0
4 Parker, Scott M. 30 13 October 1980 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 25 19 December 1985 CB Bolton Wanderers FC 6 1
6 Terry, John G. 30 7 December 1980 CB Chelsea FC 71 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 76th min. 22 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 19 3
8 Barry, Gareth 30 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 49 2
9 Bent, Darren A., off 64th min. 27 6 February 1984 CF Aston Villa FC 11 4
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 74th min 25 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 73 28
Rooney is dismissed in the 74th minute for violent conduct, for a petulant kick out at Miodrag Dzudović, after he miscontrols the ball and takes out his frustration. Suspended for the outset of Euro 2012 Finals.
11 Young, Ashley S., off 60th min 26 9 July 1985 M Manchester United FC 18 4
England Substitutes
16 Downing, Stewart, on 60th (59:41) min for Young 27 22 July 1984 M Liverpool FC 30 0
15 Lampard, Frank J. on 64th min (63:49) for Bent 33 20 June 1978 RM

Chelsea FC

89 22
17 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 76th (75:31) min. for Walcott 20 26 November 1990 F Manchester United FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Scott Carson, 13-Phil Jagielka, 14-Leighton Baines, 18-Bobby Zamora.
   
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Jones, Cahill, Terry, Cole -
Parker, Barry -
Walcott (Welbeck), Rooney, Young (Downing) -
Bent (Lampard)
.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 33.0 4.2

  

    Match Report by Mike Payne

On a wet Friday night in Podgorica, England managed to claim the point they required to qualify for the Euro 2012 competition in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.  There will almost certainly be an amount of negativity about the performance from the media and the pundits but forget all of that.  England are through, comfortably as it happens, and once again they have won their group to qualify.

Fabio Capello brought in Phil Jones at right-back for his full England debut, following on from his great form for Manchester United since signing in the summer.  Other than that the team was much as expected.

England made a very bright start to the game and they were determined to force their hosts back and apply some of the fast, attacking play we have seen in recent away performances.  Indeed, this bright opening was rewarded when England took a deserved lead after just 11 minutes.  Wayne Rooney picked up possession and sent Theo Walcott speeding down the right wing.  One of the regular criticisms of Walcott has been that his final ball is never quite as it should be, but on this occasion it was perfect.  He spotted Ashley Young at the far post and crossed for the Manchester United player to continue his impressive goalscoring form of late with a simple close range header.

England's speed of feet and thought was giving the Montenegro defenders lots of problems, and in the middle Scott Parker and Gareth Barry combined effectively to dominate the midfield battle.  Rooney was playing well as a link man and the forwards looked sharp and eager.  Young was especially lively and it came as no real surprise when England delighted their travelling fans with a second goal after 31 minutes.  This time a fine pass from Rooney sent Young through on the inside-left channel, and again a perfect cross gave another easy goal for the inrushing Darren Bent.  It was a simple tap-in for the Aston Villa player and he, like Young, seems to have the knack at present of scoring for his country.

So, just over half an hour gone and England in total command, the next target was to reach half-time unscathed.  Up until the 44th minute that seemed a formality but a momentary lapse in concentration suddenly gave Montenegro the lifeline they barely deserved.  And there was a touch of good fortune in their goal too as Elsad Zverotic's shot took a wicked deflection off of Gary Cahill's boot, to wrong-foot Joe Hart.  It was so annoying, because it gave the home team and their fans a lift, just when they were resigned to defeat.  The England players looked annoyed with themselves as they trooped off at the break with John Terry particularly angry at not closing Zverotic down quicker in the build up to the goal.

The second half began with Hart saving low down from Fatos Beciraj and then England's hearts were in their mouths when Steven Jovetic went down following a clumsy challenge from Jones.  The referee waved play on, much to the disgust of the home fans and to the relief of the travelling army.  Jovetic then screwed another shot wide before Young limped off with a knee injury to be replaced by Stewart Downing.  This did help from a defensive point of view and as England soaked up the increasing pressure from Montenegro it looked as though the three points would come back here.

But England are famous for making things just a little bit more difficult for themselves than they have to, and on 73 minutes the situation took a turn for the worse.  England's talisman Rooney suddenly decided that he should kick out at Miodrag Dzudovic.  As is normal with many continental footballers, Dzudovic made the most of this stupid act by the brainless Rooney, and the referee had no option but to send the United player off.  He now faces a minimum one match ban at the start of the tournament next summer and possibly more.  I hope he had a good explanation ready for his teammates when they returned to join him in the dressing rooms.  Especially as the Montenegro pressure could not be withstood and in injury time Andrija Delibasic scored to give the home side an equaliser their second half performance just about deserved.

The most annoying thing about Rooney's dismissal was in the fact that he had played well and is one of the current crop of top world stars.  There was no need for his loss of composure.  It is something he must control in the future, especially in a tournament when everyone will be out to rile him.

As expected most of the post-match headlines focussed on the Rooney incident, instead of the fact that England had qualified again for a big tournament.  It has been a bumpy ride but in the main England have been in control of their destination and they deserve huge praise for getting the job done.  Now, it just needs the players and management to concentrate on being ready and able to take on Europe's best next year.  If all the players can hit top form together, and that will be the crux, there is no reason on earth why we can't win it, with or without Rooney.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
UEFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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CG