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Top spot in sight for Montenegro

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 1.00CET
Montenegro are hoping to keep up the pressure on England at the top of UEFA EURO 2012 Group G as they seek a second qualifying win over Bulgaria in Podgorica.
Top spot in sight for Montenegro
Montenegro are hoping for a fourth win in five Group G fixtures when they take on Bulgaria ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

MontenegroBulgaria

Goals scored7
 
3
Total attempts95
 
87
Attempts on target27
 
32
Attempts off target59
 
42
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners44
 
30
Offsides22
 
24
Yellow cards35
 
21
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed199
 
124
Fouls suffered135
 
119
 
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 1.00CET

Top spot in sight for Montenegro

Montenegro are hoping to keep up the pressure on England at the top of UEFA EURO 2012 Group G as they seek a second qualifying win over Bulgaria in Podgorica.

Montenegro will look to keep up the pressure on England at the top of Group G as they meet Bulgaria again, hoping to repeat the victory they earned in Sofia last September.

• Elsad Zverotić's low strike from distance after 36 minutes surged past Nikolay Mihaylov in the Bulgaria goal to leave the home side reeling, and prompt coach Stanimir Stoilov's post-match resignation. That victory, on 7 September, was the first of three successive 1-0 wins that have provided the platform for Montenegro to push for a place at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Montenegro's record in their three matches against Bulgaria reads W1 D1 L1 (W0 D1 L0 at home).

• The nations first came together in Podgorica on 6 September 2008 and the match seemed to be heading in Montenegro's favour until Blagoy Georgiev salvaged a 2-2 draw two minutes into added time. Second-half strikes from Mirko Vučinić and Stevan Jovetić had earlier put the hosts ahead after Stiliyan Petrov's 11th-minute opening effort.

• Jovetić was also on target in the return fixture in Sofia on 5 September 2009, firing Montenegro in front on nine minutes before Radostin Kishishev and Dimitar Telkiyski put Bulgaria in charge with goals either side of half-time. The home team then gave the scoreline a more one-sided appearance through late strikes by Dimitar Berbatov and Valeri Domovchiyski.

• Montenegro coach Zlatko Kranjčar faced Bulgaria counterpart Lothar Matthäus when they were in charge of Croatia and Hungary respectively in a 4 September 2004 FIFA World Cup qualifier that Croatia won 3-0.

Last updated: 01/06/11 17.43CET

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