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Montenegro pressure tells against Moldova

Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.35CET
Montenegro 2-0 Moldova
Mirko Vučinić and Žarko Tomašević registered to get Branko Brnović's side off to a positive start in Group G.
by Aleksandar Radovic
from Stadion Podgorica
Montenegro pressure tells against Moldova
Montenegro celebrate during their victory ©Savo Prelević

Match statistics

MontenegroMoldova

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)57
 
43
Total attempts14
 
5
on target6
 
2
off target4
 
2
blocked4
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
4

Standings

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Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.35CET

Montenegro pressure tells against Moldova

Montenegro 2-0 Moldova
Mirko Vučinić and Žarko Tomašević registered to get Branko Brnović's side off to a positive start in Group G.

Mirko Vučinić and Žarko Tomašević settle one-sided encounter
Montenegro avenge 5-2 home loss from sides' last meeting
Moldova forced to play on break throughout
Defender Tomašević, 24, scores first international goal
Next games: Liechtenstein v Montenegro, Moldova v Austria (9 October)

Montenegro made some amends for a miserable defeat by Moldova in their final 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Mirko Vučinić and Žarko Tomašević their UEFA EURO 2016 Group G goalscorers.

The Montenegro captain made the breakthrough three minutes into first-half added time but coach Branko Brnović could never quite relax as long as there was just one goal in it, memories of the 5-2 reverse his side suffered the last time Ion Caras's men were in town perhaps playing on their minds. However, there was relief in the 73rd minute as central defender Tomašević bundled in his first international goal.

There was little let-up for Moldova in the first half after Fatos Bećiraj snatched at an early chance for Montenegro. Goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu foiled Dejan Damjanović, Vučinić headed over from close range and then Damjanović skidded a low attempt off the outside of the post. Cebanu saved from a long-range Vučinić effort two minutes into added time, yet was left standing from the resulting corner as the Montenegro captain rose to nod in Nemanja Nikolić's corner from the right.

Moldova looked to pick up the pace after the interval but spurned their best chance as Eugeniu Sidorenco failed to direct Maxim Antoniuc's firm cross towards the target. Montenegro kept the pressure on their guests and at length got their reward, Tomašević steering in at the far post after Nikolić's low ball from the right was allowed to flash across goal.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.53CET

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Lineups

Montenegro

Montenegro

Moldova

Moldova

1
PoleksićVukašin Poleksić (GK)
23
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK)
3
VolkovVladimir Volkov
Yellow Card27
Substitution46
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
Yellow Card41
6
TomaševićŽarko Tomašević
Goal73
3
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić (C)
Goal45+2
Yellow Card60
5
RacuPetru Racu
11
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution66
6
A. EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
14
DamjanovićDejan Damjanović
Substitution81
7
IoniţaArtur Ioniţa
15
SavićStefan Savić
9
A. AntoniucAlexandru Antoniuc
Substitution54
17
ZverotićElsad Zverotić
10
DedovAlexandru Dedov
19
V. BožovićVladimir Božović
17
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
20
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
18
GheorghievSerghei Gheorghiev
Yellow Card62
Substitution81
23
SimićMarko Simić
20
SidorencoEugeniu Sidorenco
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
JanjuševićIvan Janjušević (GK)
1
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
2
PavićevićSavo Pavićević
4
PosmacVeaceslav Posmac
Substitution68
4
N. VukčevićNikola Vukčević
Substitution81
8
CebotaruEugeniu Cebotaru
Substitution81
7
VešovićMarko Vešović
11
M. AntoniucMaxim Antoniuc
Substitution54
10
BakićMarko Bakić
13
VremeaAlexandru Vremea
13
KrkotićMiloš Krkotić
15
CalincovDenis Calincov
16
JovovićVladimir Jovović
Substitution66
16
BurghiuŞtefan Burghiu
21
BalićSaša Balić
Substitution46
22
KasalicaFilip Kasalica

Coach

Branko Brnović (MNE) Ion Caras (MDA)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Andrei Getikov (BLR), Vitali Malyutin (BLR)

Fourth official

Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Denis Scherbakov (BLR), Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution