Vucinic is Montenegro hero
Vucinic winner sees Montenegro maintain lead at top of Group H
Last Updated: March 22, 2013 10:01pm
Mirko Vucinic: Scored a vital winner
Ten-man Montenegro maintained their two-point lead at the top of Group H after Mirko Vucinic's goal was enough to win at Moldova.
After a poor first half from Montenegro, Milorad Pekovic saw red early in the second half, but Moldova could not hold out.
Montenegro, looking to solidify their place at the top ahead of their clash with England on Tuesday, began strongly and after just 12 minutes Stevan Jovetic's drilled 20-yard effort had to be parried to safety by home stopper Serghei Pascenco
After 18 minutes the home side forced Mladen Bozovic into his first save of the game as he deflected Alexandru Dedov's shot.
Vucinic shot over for Montenegro after 26 minutes, while Moldovan Alexandru Gatcan also failed to find the target shortly after from distance.
Stefan Savic headed over five minutes before the break but a goal for the visitors would have been harsh on the hosts who were well on top in the opening 45 minutes.
After a disappointing opening 45 minutes, the visitors finally came to life at the start of the second half, with Pascenco blocking Vladimir Volkov's left-footed volley.
The visitors were now firmly in control and Pascenco made a terrific stop to push Vucinic's shot wide of the post after 55 minutes.
That momentum was in danger of grinding a halt though after Pekovic received a second yellow for a foul on Alexandru Dedov after 61 minutes.
However, the visitors did take the lead with 12 minutes left when Vucinic volleyed home, and that proved to be the match-winning strike.
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