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  • Date:26 Mar 2013
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:
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    Live Commentary

    90mins

    Thanks for joining us folks,

    90mins

    Bozovic turns it around the post. Great effort.

    90mins

    Gerrard to take it. Final chance for England...

    90mins

    Free-kick again for England, Welbeck in some discomfort after the challenge from Krkotic. Nasty one.

    90mins

    Montenegro firm in defence though.

    90mins

    Milner brought down by Delibasic. Carrick and Young combine well and here come England.

    90mins

    Three minutes stoppage time to be played.

    89mins

    Left-foot volley from Gerrard straight at Bozovic and suddenly England look interested again.

    88mins

    Unbelievable punch from Bozovic - goes about 50 yards and nearly took his own player out after good work from England had seen Gerrard produce a shot.

    88mins

    Young in space down the left but he makes a hash of it, again.

    87mins

    Young brings England forward, but his pass towards Cole is dreadful.

    87mins

    Hart punches clear again and England can temporarily breathe.

    86mins

    Welbeck heads out the corner. Another corner awaits.

    85mins

    High over the bar.

    85mins

    Vucinic lines it up. Can the captain deliver?

    84mins

    Carrick may have got a touch on the ball but three England players at once could not dispossess Jovetic.

    83mins

    Gerrard with an optimistic effort from all of 30 yards. It dips and bounces just in front of the goalkeeper, but wide.

    82mins

    He may as well not have. Terrible cross.

    82mins

    Young feeds Welbeck and gets the ball back.

    80mins

    Another free-kick for England, this time on the right touchline. Gerrard to swing it in...

    79mins

    Montenegro stand firm but England looking to press now. They seem to finally be waking up.

    79mins

    Free-kick England, Young to deliver.

    78mins

    A substitution that probably should have been made at least ten minutes earlier.

    77mins

    Flares going off and the Montenegro fans are ecstatic. England have been rubbish in the second half, to put it mildly.

    75mins

    No, it was Johnson. But there was nothing in it. Corner for Montenegro.

    75mins

    Savic goes down in the box off the ball under the attention of former City team-mate Lescott perhaps?

    73mins

    Lescott, however, manages to clear his lines. Unconvincing to say the least.

    71mins

    Gave him the kiss of death by praising him two minutes ago!

    70mins

    Who drops it at his feet. It goes under his legs but fortuitously stops dead rather than going over the line. Nearly a humiliating goal to concede.

    67mins

    Montenegro corner given away cheaply by Johnson.

    66mins

    Bozovic is a match for the effort this time, not quite enough power from Rooney.

    65mins

    Welbeck brought down, Rooney to take the free-kick 20 yards out and central. Similar position to the one he scored against San Marino...

    64mins

    England free-kick from the right wing is cleared for a corner. Gerrard gets another bite at the cherry.

    62mins

    A pair of one-twos from Rooney and Gerrard give England some breathing space. But another misplaced pass allows Montenegro to get the ball back.

    61mins

    Vucinic with a deflected strike from 25 yards out and Hart does well to get down to the ball and smother.

    59mins

    Vucinic with a sidefoot volley over the bar. He was unmarked and he should have scored from eight yards out. Let off for England.

    56mins

    Montenegro straight down the other end and Jovetic scuffs a left-foot volley goalwards.

    55mins

    Hart punches clear.

    54mins

    Damjanovic and Jovetic with a decent interchange and the latter wins a corner off Cole.

    54mins

    Long throw by Volkov headed away by Milner.

    53mins

    England really untidy so far in the second period and Montenegro smell blood.

    50mins

    Bozovic comes out to claim.

    48mins

    Best chance so far for Montenegro. England all over the show since half-time.

    47mins

    Quickly taken free-kick saw Vucinic find space on the left side of the area. Milner tackles back well.

    46mins

    Another shout out for this piece from John Duerden on

    45mins

    All set for the second half now, my prediction is England 2-0. Love sticking my neck on the line.

    45mins

    Elsewhere in Group H, Ukraine lead Moldova 2-1 and Poland are 3-0 up at home to San Marino.

    45mins

    Looking at the replays of the Welbeck penalty claim, it looked even more of a nailed-on spot-kick than in real time.

    45mins

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    45mins

    Lescott does really well to shepherd Vucinic away from the ball and draws a foul from the Montenegrin.

    45mins

    The referee stops play as Bozovic is down with what looks like a head injury.

    45mins

    England corner, Gerrard to send it in.

    44mins

    Savic goes in hard on Cleverley and England have a free-kick around 35 yards out. Not malicious challenge, but very physical.

    43mins

    Superb defensive header by Smalling as England have their backs to the wall temporarily.

    43mins

    Not sure about that one at all, yellow card harsh as looked to be contact.

    42mins

    Nope, free-kick to Montenegro and a yellow card to Welbeck.

    42mins

    Welbeck pushed to the ground by Savic, is it a penalty?

    41mins

    A scrappy couple of minutes with the ball stuck around the central third.

    39mins

    Great physical battle between Welbeck and Vucinic - the Man Utd man wins it on this occasion.

    37mins

    Vucevic curls one in to the danger zone but Hart does really well to collect and then distributes with a wonderful raking pass to Rooney all of 70 yards.

    36mins

    Corner for Montenegro after Lescott diverts the ball out of play.

    35mins

    Superb long pass picked up by Vukcevic, hugging the left touchline. But he brings it infield and loses possession.

    32mins

    Smalling with a long searching ball that can only find touch.

    30mins

    Milner and Gerrard with successive shots from inside the area but both are deflected away.

    28mins

    Carrick tackled unfairly by Jovetic in the centre circle.

    26mins

    Welbeck with a decent bit of skill to make space inside the left side of the box but as Man Utd fans have seen many times this season, a loose touch lets him down after initial good play.

    24mins

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    23mins

    A very open game so far, England look a little shaky when Montenegro drive at them with pace.

    20mins

    Zverotic bundled over by Cleverley but the referee again tells a Montenegro man to pick himself up. Bozovic collects and crosses left footed. Deflected out for a corner for the hosts.

    19mins

    Loose pass from Milner picked up by Jovetic, but he fights to win the ball back.

    18mins

    Volkov lined up for the long throw and after swapping balls it turned out to be an anti-climax as he took the throw-in from the wrong position so the referee penalised him.

    16mins

    Milner allowed to move unopposed into the box and he tried a low angled shot from just inside the right edge of the area. It was wide but worth an effort, he scored one from a similar position against Arsenal earlier this season.

    14mins

    Welbeck tries his luck but his shot is deflected.

    11mins

    Good work from Elsad Zverotic and Simon Vukcevic, exchanging passes before Volkov pushed by Smalling on the edge of the area. Referee thinks the challenge was fair.

    6mins

    Johnson with a fierce left-foot drive and it hit the bar on the way through. Ref awards a corner.

    5mins

    Corner to England after Rooney found space again high up the field.

    5mins

    Jovetic starting up top on his own.

    4mins

    Just prior to that Rooney chance Vucinic - starting on the left wing - made a really positive run, weaving infield and skinning two England players before being dispossessed.

    3mins

    It hits the post. Would have been a beautiful finish.

    3mins

    Rooney with a delightful lob of the goalkeeper from 25 yards after Bozovic slipped...

    3mins

    England deep in Montenegro territory, but the hosts come away with the ball.

    2mins

    The ref temporarily stops the game to remove a few reams of toilet paper that have been thrown on to the pitch.

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