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Warsaw National Stadium (ATT 25,652) 6th September 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: B Kuipers

Poland Poland vs Montenegro Montenegro

Poland 1

R Lewandowski (16)

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Montenegro 1

D Damjanovic (12)

World Cup qualifying Group H: Poland and Montenegro draw 1-1 in Warsaw

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:44pm

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Dejan Damjanovic and Milos Krkotic: Celebrate Montenegro's opener

Dejan Damjanovic and Milos Krkotic: Celebrate Montenegro's opener

Montenegro survived a late onslaught from Poland to walk away with a 1-1 draw and maintain their position at the top of Group H in World Cup qualifying.

The visitors made a dream start through Dejan Damjanovic's 12th-minute strike but Robert Lewandowski equalised soon after.

It remained that way until the final whistle, despite the best efforts of Poland, who were frustrated by Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic as well as poor finishing in the closing stages.

Branko Brnovic's side also had chances to maintain their two-point lead atop the standings but they may be happy to walk away with a point from the Warsaw National Stadium.

Montenegro now top the group on goal difference alone after England hammered Moldova and their clash with Roy Hodgson's men next month may prove crucial in the race to claim the automatic qualification berth for Brazil next year.

In a frenetic opening in which both sides' goalkeepers were called into action, it was Montenegro who drew first blood when Damjanovic drilled home on the edge of the area.

However, Poland hit back in the 16th minute, with Lewandowski, who had only scored twice for his national side since Euro 2012, firing past Bozovic from inside the area.

Both sides continued to show attacking intent, yet off-target long range strikes were the closest either team came to breaking the stalemate.

Elsad Zverotic did at least force Poland goalkeeper into action with his effort from just outside the area, while at the other end, Bozovic made a decent save from Sobota.

Piotr Zielinski missed the target with a close-range header, while Jakub Blaszczykowski fired over the bar as Poland made a bright start after the interval.

Blaszczykowski was denied by a crucial block from Vladimir Bozovic, while at the other end Artur Boruc had to tip over Damjanovic's 25-yard effort.

But it was the hosts who continued to look more threatening with Blaszczykowski denied by a magnificent save from Bozovic, who then kept out Grzegorz Krychowiak's long range effort to earn a point for Montenegro.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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 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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4