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Zimbru Stadium (ATT 9,000) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Daniele Orsato

Moldova Moldova vs Montenegro Montenegro

Moldova 0

A Gatcan (S/O 90)

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Montenegro 1

M Pekovic (S/O 61)
M Vucinic (78)

Vucinic is Montenegro hero

Vucinic winner sees Montenegro maintain lead at top of Group H

Last Updated: 22/03/13 10:01pm

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Mirko Vucinic: Scored a vital winner

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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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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