Montenegro enjoy view from the top

Published: Saturday 14 November 2009, 1.45CET
Montenegro 1-0 Israel
Stefan Nikolić's early header proved to be the winner as Dušan Vlaisavljević's side took a three-point lead at the top of Group 6.
by Danilo Mitrović
from Podgorica
Montenegro enjoy view from the top
Slobodan Lakićević (left) set up Montenegro's winner ©Sergey Khodanov

Match statistics

MontenegroIsrael

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts6
 
10
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
2
Fouls committed12
 
16

Matches

Published: Saturday 14 November 2009, 1.45CET

Montenegro enjoy view from the top

Montenegro 1-0 Israel
Stefan Nikolić's early header proved to be the winner as Dušan Vlaisavljević's side took a three-point lead at the top of Group 6.

Montenegro are three points clear at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6 after Stefan Nikolić's early header proved to be the winner at home against Israel.

Early strike
Nikolić found the target after just five minutes from Slobodan Lakicević's cross. Israel responded, and might have levelled on 15 minutes after a loose Stefan Savić pass gave Ben Sahar a chance, but the youngest player at the 2007 U21 finals in the Netherlands miscued his shot, allowing Mijusko Bojović to clear. Vlado Giljen then made a fine save to fend off Mohammad Gadir's effort, and produced a similarly dramatic stop to deny the same player within a minute. With Israel missing key midfielders Bebras Natcho and Beram Kayal, Montenegro had the better of the chances after the break through Nikolić and Bojović, and it became clear that it was not to be the visitors' day as Ran Abukrat picked up a red card for a second booking at the close of play. Montenegro top the section, but second placed Sweden and Israel are within three points of them. Sweden play the first of their two games in hand against Kazakhstan on Sunday while Israel meet Bulgaria on Wednesday.

 

Last updated: 14/11/09 16.27CET

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Lineup

Montenegro

Montenegro

Israel

Israel

1Vlado Giljen (GK)1Ariel Harush (GK)
2Draško Božović (C)
Substitution52'
3Avraham Rikan
3Slobodan Lakićević
Yellow Card10'
4Din Mori
4Nemanja Nikolić
Yellow Card84'
5Oded Elkayam
Yellow Card19'
Substitution62'
5Stefan Savić6Ran Abukrat
Yellow Card29'
Red Card90'
6Ivan Kecojević7Gai Assulin
7Marko Djurović8Almog Cohen
9Stefan Nikolić
Goal5'
Substitution70'
9Mohammad Ghadir
Substitution34'
10Ivan Fatic
Yellow Card76'
10Toto Tamuz
11Admir Adrović
Substitution68'
14Ben Sahar
Substitution74'
15Mijuško Bojović21Oshri Roash (C)
Yellow Card76'

Substitutes

12Miloš Dragojević (GK)18Boris Kleyman (GK)
8Milos Stevović11David Biton
Substitution62'
13Andrija Simunović12Tal Ben Chaim
14Boris Bulajić
Substitution68'
13Rami Gershon
16Vuk Martinović
Substitution52'
15Idan Vered
Substitution34'
Yellow Card88'
17Petar Grbić
Substitution70'
17Omar Damari
Substitution74'
18Bogdan Bogdanović20Liroy Zhairi

Coach

Dušan Vlaisavljević (MNE) Mordehay Iwanir (ISR)

Referee

Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Francesco De Luca (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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