Rooney Sending Off
October 8, 2011 by staff
Rooney Sending Off, England sealed qualification for Euro 2012 on Friday despite leaving out a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Montenegro and with striker Wayne Rooney was sent off for kicking an opponent.
Rooney received a straight red card of the game at 74 when Group G petulantly aimed a kick at Miodrag Dzudovic. His suspension, which will be a minimum of a party, will move to the Euro 2012 tournament.
Ashley Young opened the scoring on 11 minutes, heading in to identify Theo Walcott cross from close range. Darren Bent made it 2-0 at 31, when he played in the path of Rooney.
Montenegro took a goal through Zveroti? Elsad seconds before halftime and after the expulsion of Rooney, Andrija Delibasic substitute grabbed the equalizer in the dying seconds to grab a playoff spot for the hosts.
England finished top of group with 18 points from eight matches, with Montenegro on 12 seconds and Switzerland a distant third with eight points.
The goals started coming after some initial pressure from England, who saw a shot from Walcott in the sixth minute clean just by Mladen Bozovic.
As promised, Capello fielded an attacking formation, with Rooney partnership Bent in attack, dismissing concerns about the news one day before the star’s father and uncle in England had been arrested in an alleged betting scam.
The Montenegrins were given space to fight back, as England refused to sit despite the fact that only need a draw to qualify for the City Stadium in rain-soaked Podgorica.
Simon Vukcevic almost caught the keeper Joe Hart on 62 minutes as it ran with the ball, with defenders of England fighting back.
Dejan Damjanovic threatened again in the 84th minute but his shot skimmed over the crossbar acrobatic Hart.
Capello gave 19-year-old Phil Jones his first game with the Manchester United player to replace injured back Chris Smalling.
Frank Lampard also kept on the bench for 65 minutes, opting for Scott Parker and Gareth Barry in midfield.
Montenegro, a country of 625,000 inhabitants, only started playing football as an independent nation in 2007, and players described the game against England in the biggest game in history.
The new coach, Branko Brnovic had planned a break of three key players, concerned about possible suspensions against eight of his men on Friday, ahead of the final qualifier of the country in Switzerland. However, he brought the defender Milan Jovanovic in the meantime to help repel attacks from England.
Jovanovic received a yellow card and will miss the match in Switzerland on October 11.
Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Mladen Kascelan (Milan Jovanovic, 46), Simon Vukcevic, Stevan Jovetic, Mirko Vucinic, Fatos Beqiraj (Dejan Damjanovic, 64), Milorad Pekovic, Zveroti? Elsad, Vladimir Bozovic (Andrija Delibasic, 80), Miodrag Dzudovic.
England: Joe Hart, Phil Jones, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Theo Walcott (Danny Welbeck, 76), Ashley Young (Stewart Downing, 60), Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent (Frank Lampard, 65).
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