Montenegro 2 Bulgaria 2
Just as there were late goals in Mainz and Larnaca, there was also late drama in Podgorica, where a late leveller by Bulgaria’s Blagoi Georgiev earned his team a 2-2 draw against Montenegro in the other Group 8 tie.
The Montenegrins were embarking upon their first World Cup qualifying campaign as an independent nation following splitting with Serbia in 2006.
Mirko Vucinic struck his country’s first goal on their competitive debut in international competition just after the hour mark, cancelling out Stiliyan Petrov’s early opener.
Stevan Jovetic looked to have won it for the hosts nine minutes from time when he converted a penalty following an incident that saw Stanislav Angelov dismissed.
But Georgiev salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw for Bulgaria with a stoppage-time equaliser.