WORLD CUP REPORT – Europe – Group H including video highlights

Europe GroupH

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Moldova 0

Montenegro 1 (Vucinic 78)

Mirko Vucinic kept 10-man Montenegro’s 100 per cent away record in Group H intact with a narrow 1-0 win over Moldova. The visitors were poor in the first half and heading for a frustrating night when midfielder Milorad Pekovic saw red on 63 minutes for a second booking. But Juventus striker Vucinic volleyed past keeper Serghei Pascenco 12 minutes from time to steal three precious points.

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Poland 1 (Piszczek 18)

Ukraine 3 (Yarmolenko 2, Husyev 7, Zozulya 44)

Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring in the second minute with a long shot into the left-hand corner past keeper Artur Boruc, as Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych and his Polish host, President Bronislaw Komorowski both watched at the National Stadium.

Oleg Gusev made it 2-0 in the seventh minute with a precise finish from inside the penalty area. Lukasz Piszczek pulled a goal back for Poland in the 18th minute, but Roman Zozulya restored Ukraine’s two-goal lead just before the break.

“This game did not set up well for us. The first seven minutes decided the game and the third goal killed us,” said Poland coach Waldemar Fornalik after the game. “With a team like Ukraine we created good chances. They were more aggressive.”

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San Marino 0

England 8 (Della Valle 12OG, Oxlade-Chamberlain 28, Defoe 35, 78, Young 39, Lampard 42, Rooney 54, Sturridge 70)

England smashed lowly San Marino 8-0 in their qualifier for the Three Lions’ largest victory margin in 26 years.

San Marino, tied for 207th and last in the FIFA rankings, fell behind on Alessandro Della Valle’s own goal in the 12th minute at Serravalle. Jermain Defoe got two goals, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge scored. Rooney’s goal was his 34th for England. England’s victory margin was its largest since beating Turkey 8-0 in a European Championship qualifier in 1987.

Montenegro leads Europe Group H by two points over England going into a head-to-head matchup Tuesday in Podgorica. The group winner qualifies for next year’s tournament in Brazil, and the second-place team likely will go to a playoff.

San Marino, have lost five in five games, are bottom of the group have been outscored 24-0.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

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