Internationals Recap: Montenegro Earn Late Draw With England

Mike Hewitt

Montenegro managed an unexpected draw with England to stay top of Group H, while elsewhere Daniel Agger scored to earn Denmark a draw and Pepe Reina watched Spain defeat France.

Denmark 1, Bulgaria 1

Daniel Agger scored a penalty to salvage a point for Denmark, but the Danes really could have used all three in their efforts to close the gap on second place Bulgaria in Group B and revitalise their qualification hopes. A draw, though, is at least enough to keep them within striking distance of both Bulgaria and the third-placed Czechs with qualification half done. Their next mach isn't until the 11th of June when they host struggling Armenia.

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France 0, Spain 1

Pepe Reina probably celebrated when Pedro bundled the ball past Hugo Lloris to send Spain top of Group I in a match that saw both sides spurn multiple chances, but as he wasn't on the pitch at the time it's hard to be certain. France ended the game down to ten men for the first loss of the Didier Deschamps era, but with France and Spain six and seven points ahead of the next best in their group respectively, qualification for both appears all but settled already.

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Montenegro 1, England 1

Despite heading into the match ahead of England in Group H, Montenegro were considered clear underdogs against the visitors. An early Wayne Rooney goal only confirmed suspicions that this was England's match to win or lose, but a second half push by Montenegro as Roy Hodgson's side sat back nursing their lead led to an equaliser in the 76th minute.

Second place England's qualification hopes are still in their own hands, but with only four matches remaining it's a blow to their chances of overtaking Montenegro, who remain unlikely Group H leaders on 14 points to England's 12. Ukraine and Poland, meanwhile, will be wondering that they are both stuck in third place on eight points apiece, well behind the plucky Montenegrin minnows.

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Elsewhere, Martin Skrtel and Slovakia could only manage a 0-0 draw with Sweden in their friendly, while Chile vs. Uruguay—the match of the day from a Liverpool point of view—kicks off later in the evening, with continuing coverage in our matchday thread.

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