Euro 2012: Montenegro drop points against Bulgaria

Bulgaria"s Ivan Bandalovski, left, challenges for the ball with Radomir Djalovic of Montenegro
Radomir Djalovic (right) gave Montenegro the lead

Montenegro failed to take advantage of Euro 2012 qualifying Group G leaders England dropping two points against Switzerland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bulgaria.

Radomir Djalovic gave Montenegro the lead only for Ivelin Popov to equalise.

It leaves Montenegro level on 11 points with England, who have a superior goal difference (plus eight to plus three).

England, who were held 2-2 by the Swiss, visit Montenegro on 7 October in a game that could decide who qualifies.

"I think we are in a great position because we have stayed clear of Bulgaria and Switzerland while we are set to continue a neck-and-neck battle with England for the top spot," said Motenegro coach Zlatko Kranjcar.

"A win over Wales in our next match would all but secure the runners-up spot and even if we don't win the group, we have a good chance of being the best second-placed team."

In Group B, two goals from Robbie Keane ensured Republic ofIreland beat Macedonia 2-0 to stay joint-top on 13 points with Slovakia and Russia.

Russia beat Armenia 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, while Slovakia won 1-0 against Andorra through Miroslav Karhan's strike.

Greece top Group F after beating Malta 3-1 with two goals from Ioannis Fetfatzidis and one from Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

They are a point ahead of Croatia and Israel, who themselves beat Latvia 2-1 with goals from Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun and a Tal Ben-Haim penalty.

And in Group H, Denmark beat Iceland 2-0 with goals from Lasse Schone and Christian Eriksen to go joint top.

Portugal lead that group on goal difference after they beat Norway 1-0 through former Tottenham striker Helder Postiga's 53rd-minute strike. It means Portugal, Denmark and Norway all have 10 points.

Elsewhere in international friendlies played on Saturday, Netherlands drew 0-0 with Brazil while world champions Spain beat the United States 4-0 courtesy of two goals from Gonzalez Santi Cazorla and one each from Alvaro Negredo and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

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