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Zverotić maintains Montenegro's dream start

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 22.30CET
Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro
Elsad Zverotić's effort from distance stunned the home fans in Sofia as the tournament debutants won again.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Vasil Levski National Stadium
Zverotić maintains Montenegro's dream start
Elsad Zverotić celebrates his strike on the break in Sofia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaMontenegro

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts18
 
7
Attempts on target9
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
8
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
28
Fouls suffered28
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 22.30CET

Zverotić maintains Montenegro's dream start

Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro
Elsad Zverotić's effort from distance stunned the home fans in Sofia as the tournament debutants won again.

Elsad Zverotić struck from distance to give Montenegro a 1-0 Group B win against Bulgaria in Sofia as UEFA's newest member nation secured a second UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying win.

The FC Luzern defender's low strike surged past Nikolay Mihaylov in the Bulgaria goal to leave Bulgaria with a mountain to climb in the section, following their opening 4-0 defeat in England; indeed coach Stanimir Stoilov resigned after the game. Zlatko Kranjčar's side, meanwhile, can still believe that anything is possible ahead of their next qualifier, at home against Switzerland on 8 October.

Captain Mirko Vučinić struck to give Montenegro a 1-0 win against Wales on Friday in their first UEFA European Championship game, but it did not initially seem that they would be able to repeat that feat against Bulgaria. However, after Mladen Božović saved from Ivelin Popov's header after 35 minutes, Montenegro broke, with Zverotić striking gold from 30 metres.

Bulgaria coach Stoilov brought on Stanislav Genchev for right-back Zhivko Milanov at the break with Valeri Bozhinov also replacing Dimitar Rangelov up front, but while the home side dominated, Montenegro held their own, with Božović doing his reputation no harm. A Martin Petrov free-kick crashed into the bar at the death but Bulgaria were defeated and Stoilov soon announced his resignation.

Last updated: 07/09/10 23.20CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Montenegro

Montenegro

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
1
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
3
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
2
PavićevićSavo Pavićević
5
MinevVeselin Minev
3
BašaMarko Baša
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Yellow Card63
4
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
7
PopovIvelin Popov
7
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
11
RangelovDimitar Rangelov
Substitution46
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić (C)
12
G PeevGeorgi Peev
Substitution66
10
DjalovićRadomir Djalović
Substitution77
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
11
BoškovićBranko Bošković
Yellow Card55
Substitution64
16
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Substitution46
15
PekovićMilorad Peković
Yellow Card45
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Yellow Card79
17
ZverotićElsad Zverotić
Goal36
Substitution68
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
Yellow Card52
20
DžudovićMiodrag Džudović

Substitutes

1
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
12
BlažićSrdjan Blažić (GK)
4
SirakovZahari Sirakov
5
BatakRadoslav Batak
9
KamburovMartin Kamburov
6
KašćelanMladen Kašćelan
Substitution77
10
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Substitution46
8
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
14
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution66
13
NovakovićMitar Novaković
Substitution68
18
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
19
V. BožovićVladimir Božović
Substitution64
20
GenchevStanislav Genchev
Substitution46
23
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić

Coach

Stanimir Stoilov (BUL) Zlatko Kranjčar (CRO)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Vladimir Pettay (RUS)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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