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Vučinić strike sees Montenegro past Wales

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.15CET
Montenegro 1-0 Wales
Mirko Vučinić's tenth goal in 20 international games secured UEFA's newest nation a deserved win against Wales.
Vučinić strike sees Montenegro past Wales
Montenegro match-winner Mirko Vučinić takes on Wales' Chris Gunter ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MontenegroWales

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts14
 
9
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
18

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.15CET

Vučinić strike sees Montenegro past Wales

Montenegro 1-0 Wales
Mirko Vučinić's tenth goal in 20 international games secured UEFA's newest nation a deserved win against Wales.

Montenegro's UEFA European Championship qualifying debut went to plan as Mirko Vučinić's tenth goal in 20 international appearances secured UEFA's newest member nation a 1-0 Group G victory against Wales.

The 26-year-old AS Roma forward surged through a limp challenge down the left flank on the half-hour before spearing a low shot home off the inside of Wayne Hennessey's right-hand post. He might have had a second before the break, with another shot skidding off target via a Welsh defender. However, in the absence of playmaker Stevan Jovetić, ruled out for six to eight months with a serious knee injury, Zlatko Kranjčar's men rode their luck as the clock ticked down and were grateful to hear the final whistle. 

The home side were quick and incisive from the off; Radomir Djalović and Branko Bošković both shot at Hennessey before the omnipresent Vučinić glanced just beyond the Wales goalkeeper's right-hand post. Wales captain Craig Bellamy passed up the chance of a barely-deserved equaliser a few minutes after Vučinić's opener, hooking wide with the Montenegro defence momentarily rocking, but it might have been 2-0 just after the break as Simon Vukčević's free-kick dipped just over the goal frame.

The home side's nerves jangled thereafter. A Gareth Bale set piece crept just around the post and Mladen Božović was required to paw a bouncing Ashley Williams effort over his bar. Bellamy began to find space in the closing stages, but headed straight at the Montenegro No1 when unmarked from a corner. Simon Church then nodded an effort on to the crossbar with Montenegro's poise deserting them, and the relief in the home crowd was evident when the substitute had a goal chalked off for offside late on.

Last updated: 04/09/10 0.33CET

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Lineups

Montenegro

Montenegro

Wales

Wales

1
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
2
PavićevićSavo Pavićević
Yellow Card8
2
RickettsSam Ricketts
Yellow Card49
3
BašaMarko Baša
3
GunterChris Gunter
4
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
4
EdwardsDavid Edwards
Substitution68
7
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution87
5
CollinsJames Collins
Substitution75
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić (C)
Goal30
6
WilliamsAshley Williams
10
DjalovićRadomir Djalović
Substitution83
7
VaughanDavid Vaughan
11
BoškovićBranko Bošković
Substitution74
8
BellamyCraig Bellamy (C)
15
PekovićMilorad Peković
Yellow Card70
9
MorisonSteve Morison
Yellow Card45
Substitution78
17
ZverotićElsad Zverotić
10
LedleyJoe Ledley
20
DžudovićMiodrag Džudović
Yellow Card53
11
BaleGareth Bale
Yellow Card57

Substitutes

12
BlažićSrdjan Blažić (GK)
12
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
5
BatakRadoslav Batak
13
EvansChed Evans
8
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution87
14
MorganCraig Morgan
Substitution75
13
NovakovićMitar Novaković
Substitution83
15
KingAndy King
19
V. BožovićVladimir Božović
Substitution74
16
ChurchSimon Church
Substitution78
21
SavićStefan Savić
17
CotterrillDavid Cotterrill
23
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
18
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
Substitution68

Coach

Zlatko Kranjčar (CRO) John Toshack (WAL)

Referee

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Christos Baltas (GRE)

Fourth official

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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