Montenegro draws 1-1 with Bulgaria

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

net.

”We are fine with this draw, but it is a pity that we did not

score a positive result,” Montenegrin coach Zlatko Kranjcar

said.

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

Bulgarian defense.

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

Bozovic.

The hosts immediately went back on the attack and Elsad

Zverotic’s shot from 20 yards flew just over Mihaylov’s bar in the

31st.

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.

Lineups:

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).