Bulgaria draw keeps Montenegro from first
Montenegro missed the chance to overtake England at the top of
their Euro 2012 qualifying group after a 1-1 draw at home to
Bulgaria on Saturday.
Radomir Djalovic put the hosts ahead in the 52nd minute with a
volley from Vladimir Bozovic’s left-wing cross.
Bulgaria’s equalizer came after a counterattack in the 64th when
Petar Zanev provided the perfect pass for Ivelin Popov to find the
”We are fine with this draw, but it is a pity that we did not
score a positive result,” Montenegrin coach Zlatko Kranjcar
Montenegro and England, which drew 2-2 at home to Switzerland,
both have 11 points from five games in Group G. Bulgaria is fourth
on five points.
Montenegro attacked from the start, with Mirko Vucinic nearly
scoring in the 3rd minute after stealing the ball from the
Midfielder Milorad Pekovic tried again in the 21st, but Bulgaria
fought back with a sharp exchange between Stiliyan Petrov and
Marcos Marquinhos that was cut out by Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen
The hosts immediately went back on the attack and Elsad
Zverotic’s shot from 20 yards flew just over Mihaylov’s bar in the
Petrov brought a rare save from Bozovic in the 37th with a
fierce shot, while Montenegro was unlucky not to take the lead
before halftime with a 30-yard effort from Savo Pavicevic and a
header by Marko Basa.
Montenegro: Mladen Boovic, Savo Pavicevic (Mladen Kacelan, 82) ,
Marko Baa, Mirko Vucinic, Radomir Djalovic, Milorad Pekovic, Luka
Pejovic, Elsad Zverotic (Stevan Jovetic, 72), Nikola Drincic,
Vladimir Boovic (Ivan Fatic, 76), Stefan Savic.
Bulgaria: Nikolay Mihaylov, Stanislav Manolev, Ivan Bandalovski,
Petar Zanev, Nikolay Bodurov, Hristo Yanev, Ivelin Popov, Ivelin
Popov, Marcos Marquinhos, Martin Petrov (Spas Delev, 87), Stiliyan
Petrov (Chandar Yankov, 46).