England 0 Montenegro 0
England 0 Montenegro 0, Wembley Stadium, UEFA European Championship Qualifier, October 12, 2010. Zlatko Kranjcar´s Montenegro continued their undefeated start to their 2012 European Championship Qualifying campaign when they held out for a goalless draw in the Group G encounter with England at Wembley. And even though The Three Lions dominated and kept possession for long parts, too much of their passing came to nothing.
There was little to entertain the 73,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium as the Montenegro team were even less impressive than the England side. Fabio Capello´s troops should have taken the lead in the third minute of the tie when a Steven Gerrard pass almost found Peter Crouch who was inches away from putting the hosts ahead. The Montenegrins’s only opportunity in the opening period arrived when HNK Rijeka goal poacher Radomir Djalovic shot wide in the 12th minute of the tussle. Then, after 60 minutes of play, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard played a through ball into the path of Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney who almost scored with a shot that Videoton and Videoton and Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic did well to save. The Three Lions went on to dominate proceedings and the home team were denied a penalty by German official Manuel Grafe when Serbian born defender Milan Jovanovic attempted to clear Ashley Cole’s cross with his left arm in the 78th minute of the contest. As the clock ticked down, England enjoyed several opportunities to win the game, but failed to convert and the Montenegro defence held firm to earn themselves a draw.
The little fancied Montenegrin outfit were content to pull ten players behind the ball for long spells during the qualifier clash and The Brave Falcons were more than satisfied with a result which left the Balkan nation three points ahead of Capello´s England at the top of the group. The Wembley audience was largely quiet on a dark North West London night which witnessed yet another mediocre performance from Rooney. Fighting with his inner demons, the much troubled marksman now had to find a way of getting out of his self inflicted hell. Fortunately for him, Wazza still had a cross tattoo on his upper right arm and a Coleen tattoo on his left. England Team: Joe Hart, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Gareth Barry, Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Young, Steven Gerrard, Peter Crouch, Adam Johnson, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Jack Wilshere, Stewart Downing, Stephen Warnock, Gary Cahill, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kevin Davies, Ben Foster. Montenegro Team: Mladen Bozovic, Marko Basa, Miodrag Dzudovic, Milan Jovanovic, Stefan Savic, Elsad Zverotic, Mitar Novakovic, Simon Vukcevic, Branko Boskovic, Milorad Pekovic, Radomir Djalovic. Substitutes: Radoslav Batak, Luka Pejovic, Zarko Tomasevic, Mladen Kascelan, Fatos Beciraj, Andrija Delibasic, Srdan Blazic.