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Montenegro surrender top spot with Poland draw

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 23.26CET
Poland 1-1 Montenegro
The visitors surrendered top spot in Group H after a hard-fought draw in Warsaw as Robert Lewandowski struck back for the hosts.
by Piotr Koźmiński
Montenegro surrender top spot with Poland draw
Robert Lewandowski enjoys the moment after hitting Poland's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PolandMontenegro

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts16
 
9
Attempts on target7
 
3
off target7
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 23.26CET

Montenegro surrender top spot with Poland draw

Poland 1-1 Montenegro
The visitors surrendered top spot in Group H after a hard-fought draw in Warsaw as Robert Lewandowski struck back for the hosts.

Montenegro surrendered top spot in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group H to England on goal difference, but got what could prove to be a crucial point with a hard-fought draw in Warsaw.

Dejan Damjanović put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes but the lead was quickly wiped out by Robert Lewandowski, to leave Branko Brnović's side level on points with the Three Lions having played a game more, but behind on goal difference. Montenegro's next assignment is in England on 11 October, when they will aim to wrestle back the advantage as they target a first major finals appearance.

The early threat came from the hosts in the National Stadium Warsaw with Piotr Zieliński failing to convert a one-on-one chance after seven minutes. It was all Poland until the visitors struck on the counter as Damjanović was sent free to slot in a cool finish.

Despite the deficit the home side kept the pressure on and four minutes later Lewandowski pounced on disarray in the Montenegrin defence to score an excellent equaliser. The goalscorer almost turned provider as he slipped in Waldemar Sobota before the break but the No5's initial effort was blocked before the follow up was sent wide.

A win for Poland would have seen them back in the hunt for a play-off spot and they continued to press after the break but some stout defending kept them at bay. Lewandowski missed the target again as time ticked down while Sebastian Boenisch was denied by Božović. The result suited neither side but Poland have the chance to get back to winning ways when they travel to San Marino on Tuesday.

Last updated: 07/09/13 22.46CET

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Lineup

Poland

Poland

Montenegro

Montenegro

1Artur Boruc (GK)1Mladen Božović (GK)
3Artur Jędrzejczyk3Marko Baša
4Łukasz Szukała
Yellow Card90+1
5Miloš Krkotić
Substitution46
5Waldemar Sobota
Substitution62
9Mirko Vučinić (C)
Yellow Card33
Substitution36
8Grzegorz Krychowiak14Dejan Damjanović
Goal12
Substitution85
9Robert Lewandowski
Goal16
17Elsad Zverotić
10Piotr Zieliński
Substitution75
18Nikola Drinčić
11Mateusz Klich19Vladimir Božović
Yellow Card18
14Jakub Wawrzyniak
Substitution27
20Miodrag Džudović
Yellow Card53
15Kamil Glik21Stefan Savić
16Jakub Błaszczykowski (C)23Branko Bošković

Substitutes

22Łukasz Fabiański (GK)12Vukašin Poleksić (GK)
2Sebastian Boenisch
Substitution27
2Marko Vešović
6Ariel Borysiuk6Ivan Kecojević
7Eugen Polanski7Simon Vukčević
Substitution46
12Wojciech Szczęsny (GK)8Stevan Jovetić
13Paweł Wszołek
Substitution62
10Marko Bakić
17Bartosz Salamon11Fatos Bećiraj
Substitution85
18Adrian Mierzejewski
Substitution75
13Mitar Novaković
19Piotr Celeban15Luka Djordjević
20Paweł Brożek16Blažo Igumanović
21Jakub Rzeźniczak22Filip Kasalica
Substitution36
Yellow Card43

Coach

Waldemar Fornalik (POL) Branko Brnović (MNE)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Legend:

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

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