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  • Date:26 Mar 2013
  • Kick-off:20:00
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Goal!

Live Commentary

90:00

Thanks for joining us folks,

90:00

Bozovic turns it around the post. Great effort.

90:00

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

90:00

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

90:00

Montenegro firm in defence though.

90:00

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

90:00

Three minutes stoppage time to be played.

89:00

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

88:00

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.

88:00

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

87:00

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

87:00

Hart punches clear again and England can temporarily breathe.

86:00

Welbeck heads out the corner. Another corner awaits.

85:00

High over the bar.

85:00

Vucinic lines it up. Can the captain deliver?

84:00

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

83:00

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

82:00

He may as well not have. Terrible cross.

82:00

Young feeds Welbeck and gets the ball back.

80:00

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

79:00

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

79:00

Free-kick England, Young to deliver.

78:00

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

77:00

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

75:00

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

75:00

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

73:00

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

71:00

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

70:00

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.

67:00

Montenegro corner given away cheaply by Johnson.

66:00

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

65:00

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

64:00

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

62:00

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.

61:00

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

59:00

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

56:00

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

55:00

Hart punches clear.

54:00

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

54:00

Long throw by Volkov headed away by Milner.

53:00

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

50:00

Bozovic comes out to claim.

48:00

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

47:00

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

46:00

Another shout out for this piece from John Duerden on

45:00

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

45:00

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

45:00

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

45:00

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45:00

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

45:00

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

45:00

England corner, Gerrard to send it in.

44:00

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

43:00

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

43:00

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

42:00

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

42:00

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

41:00

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

39:00

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

37:00

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.

36:00

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

35:00

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

32:00

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

30:00

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

28:00

Carrick tackled unfairly by Jovetic in the centre circle.

26:00

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.

24:00

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23:00

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

20:00

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.

19:00

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

18:00

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.

16:00

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.

14:00

Welbeck tries his luck but his shot is deflected.

11:00

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.

6:00

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

5:00

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

5:00

Jovetic starting up top on his own.

4:00

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.

3:00

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

3:00

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

3:00

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

2:00

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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