WCQ UEFA review

Montenegro climb to the top of Group H

November 14, 2012

Andrija Delibasic scored twice as Montenegro knocked England off the top of the World Cup Qualifying Group H with a 3-0 victory over group minnows San Marino in Podgorica.

Montenegro celebrate on their way to a comfortable victory over San Marino which took them top of their World Cup group
GettyImagesMontenegro celebrate on their way to a comfortable victory over San Marino which took them top of their World Cup group

Delibasic opened the scoring after 14 minutes and made it 2-0 at the break when he doubled the home side's lead on the half-hour. Elsad Zverotic added the third in the second half.

Montenegro's third straight win takes them two points clear at the top of the group having played the same number of games as England. Poland sit in third place a further three points behind, having played a game less.

Meanwhile, David Healy spared Northern Ireland's blushes with an equaliser from a free-kick deep into injury time to snatch a 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan at Windsor Park.

Rauf Aliyev had given the visitors a fifth minute lead with a stunning 25-yard strike but Michael O'Neill's men struck back for a point that is still unlikely to be good enough to salvage their World Cup dream.

The result leaves Northern Ireland in fourth place in the group with three points from four games, four points behind Israel and Portugal who are tied in second. Azerbaijan are a further point adrift.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report