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Sunday, 11 June 2017 09:13

World Cup Qualification Group F, Hampden Park – Scotland 2 (Griffiths 87 90) England 2 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 70, Kane 90+3)

Harry Kane struck in stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for England after late drama in their World Cup qualifier in Scotland.

The Spurs man was named captain for the day and responded with a crucial leveller after Leigh Griffiths' quick-fire free-kick double had turned the game on its head three minutes from time.

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had looked to have put the visitors on course for victory with a 70th minute solo strike, but the sensational finale means Gareth Southgate's men will be delighted to have come away with a point.

The result sees the Three Lions remain top of Group F after six games played, but their lead was sliced to two points following Slovakia's triumph in Lithuania later on Saturday.

Scotland are currently fourth on eight points, and will feel their hopes of pushing for the runner-up spot and a potential play-off berth were cruelly dented by Kane's late intervention.

Harry Kane is still trying to replicate his Spurs form for England - but that goal and the captaincy could be the key. The Spurs hitman has won the past two Premier League Golden Boot awards and finished the season on fire - but he has yet to truly ignite with his country. The 23-year-old has now netted six times in 18 appearances for the Three Lions, but it looked like being another one of those days when he wasted two first-half chances he would have gobbled up in his sleep in his Lilywhites shirt.

History has shown some players just can't recreate their exploits for their club on the international stage, but Kane is unlikely to fall into that bracket and his late strike to save the day may be a significant sign post and see him appointed captain on a permanent basis.

Leigh Griffiths (Scotland): The Celtic man was starved of service throughout but worked tirelessly and looked to have won it with two sensational free kicks late on - his first goals in 13 caps for Scotland.


Scotland: Gordon 6, Tierney 7, Berra 6, Mulgrew 7, Robertson 7, Brown 6, Morrison 5, Snodgrass 6, Armstrong 6, Anya 6, Griffiths 8. Subs: McArthur 6, Fraser 6, Martin n/a.

England: Hart 5, Walker 6, Cahill 6, Smalling 6, Bertrand 6, Dier 6, Livermore 7, Rashford 5, Alli 6, Lallana 6, Kane 7. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Sterling n/a, Defoe n/a.

18' - ENGLAND CHANCE! Dier picks out Kane with a chipped ball into the box, but the England skipper can only rifle over the top after taking it down well and cutting back onto his left foot.

22' - ENGLAND CHANCE! Lallana wriggles free close to the left byline and somehow digs out a lovely cutback for Kane who completely miscues from six yards out.

51' - ENGLAND HIT THE POST! Livermore cross from the right takes a wicked deflection off a defender and comes back off the near post.

70' - GOAL! Scotland 0-1 England. Oxlade Chamberlain makes an instant impact! The Arsenal man jinks in from the right and squeezes a shot through a swarm of bodies and into the net via big hands from Gordon.
87' - GOAL! Scotland 1-1 England. Griffiths steps up and curls a stunning 25-yard free kick beyond Hart and into the far corner of the net.
90' - GOAL! Scotland 2-1 England. Incredible scenes as curves another sublime free kick over the wall and into the opposite corner. Lightning strikes twice!
90+3' - GOAL! Scotland 2-2 England. Kane levels for the Three Lions! Sterling rakes a ball from the left to the far post where Kane arrives to volley home.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first England goal since October 2015 vs Lithuania - 607 days ago

England are unbeaten in their last five visits to Scotland.

Scotland are unbeaten in their last six home games.

Griffiths scored his first international goals on his 13th cap. They were also the first goals England have conceded in this World Cup qualifying campaign

Kane scored his first goal for England since May 2016, after a run of 575 minutes without one.

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    LFF Stadium, World Cup qualifying Group F - Lithuania 0 England 1 (Kane pen 27')

    Harry Kane’s hot streak continued as he scored the winner in England’s 1-0 victory over Lithuania in their final qualifying match ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
    Having already won Group F after a 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday, manager Gareth Southgate made seven changes to his team, handing Harry Winks and Harry Maguire debuts in a 3-4-3 formation for the match in Vilnius.

    In a disjointed performance, Dele Alli, back in the side after suspension, won a first-half penalty when he was felled by Ovidijus Verbackas. His Tottenham team-mate Kane duly dispatched the spot-kick for his 15th goal in his last 10 matches for club and country.

    Michael Keane had earlier gone close for the visitors, but in truth, England offered little in the way of clear-cut chances thereafter.

    Tottenham’s Winks was denied a goal on his debut when his shot was well saved by Ernestas Setkus, but it was Lithuania – who won only once in Group F – who threatened most; Jack Butland was forced into a good stop as Keane almost inadvertently sent the ball into his own net, while Deivydas Matulevicius spurned a late opportunity.
    Once again England did just enough to record the three points - they are now unbeaten in their last four campaigns in qualifying for major tournaments - but it was another unimaginative and unconvincing display from Southgate’s side.


    3-4-3 isn't the answer for insipid England: Southgate opted for an experimental 3-4-3 formation, and while England’s front-three, Marcus Rashford, Alli and Kane, linked-up well, at times in the first half, the showing after the restart was incredibly flat and one-paced.

    There was at least some cause for optimism as the performance of debutant Winks in the centre of the park indicated the Spurs playmaker may have a role to play in Russia, while Harry Maguire, also making his debut, looked OK in defence.
    But all-in-all, it was simply not good enough. Southgate should probably go back to basics for the home friendlies against Brazil and Germany in November.


    Marcus Rashford (England) - The Manchester United youngster was at nowhere near his brilliant best, but was probably England's stand-out player in the first half and looked most likely to make things happen.


    Lithuania: Setkus 7, Andriuskevicius 5, Klimavicius 5, Girdvainis 5, Borovskij 5, Zulpa 5, Slivka 5, Verbickas 4, Cernych 5, Novikovas 5, Sernas 6. Subs: Matulevicius 5,

    England: Butland 6, Keane 6, Maguire 7, Stones 6, Trippier 6, Winks 7, Henderson 5, Cresswell 7, Alli 7, Kane 7, Rashford 7. Subs: Sturridge 6, Lingard 6.


    11’ - THE HOSTS SHOULD BE AHEAD! Sernas peels away from Maguire at the back post as a cross comes in, but somehow slices his first-time effort wide of the goal from inside the box. A let off for England!

    24’ - KEANE GOES CLOSE! Lithuania fail to clear Cresswell's deep free-kick, and the ball eventually sits up nicely for Keane just inside the box, but the Everton defender screws his first-time volley wide of the goal. That is the closest England have come.

    26’ - PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Alli is brought down inside the box by Verbickas, and the referee has no choice other than to point to the spot. This is the perfect chance for Kane to put the visitors ahead...
    27’ - GOAL - KANE SCORES! A superb penalty from England's talisman as he sends the ball into the bottom left corner. The goalkeeper dived the right way but couldn't get near it.

    52’ – CHANCE FOR WINKS! Setkus isn't at all convincing as he punches Cresswell's dangerous cross right into the path of Winks, but he makes amends with a smart save from the Tottenham playmaker's shot. Almost a debut goal for Winks.

    54’ - CHANCE FOR LITHUANIA! A dangerous low ball into the England box causes Keane all sorts of problems, and in an effort to concede a corner he almost inadvertently sends it into his own net! He is bailed out by Butland who makes a good reactive save.

    83’ - GREAT CHANCE TO EQUALISE! Matulevicius is released behind the England defence and the ball sits up perfectly for him, but his half-volley is struck straight at Butland who gathers on the second attempt. Either side of him and it was a goal.


    Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions for club and country.
    Of the 43 goals that Harry Kane has scored for club and country in 2017, only four have been penalties.
    A Spurs player has been directly involved in nine of England's last 11 goals across all competitions.
    England end their Group F programme with eight clean sheets in 10 matches.
    England have won all four of their previous encounters with Lithuania on the international stage, scoring 10 and conceding none in the process.

  • Scotland World Cup hopes ended by Slovenia

    World Cup Qualification, UEFA Group F, Sportni park Stozice - Slovenia 2 (Bezjak 52', 72') Scotland 2 (Griffiths 32', Snodgrass 88')

    Scotland fell agonisingly short in their efforts to make the World Cup play-offs, conceding a first-half lead to draw 2-2 away to Slovenia, missing out on second place through goal difference.
    Gordon Strachan's men needed a win to make sure of finishing second in Group F, with Slovakia beating Malta, but narrowly missed out despite a breathless finale in a remarkable qualification comeback over the past few games.
    Gordon Strachan made a bold team selection, dropping James Forrest and James Morrison in favour of James McArthur and Chris Martin, opting for two up front. Scotland looked uncomfortable in their shape early on as Slovenia dominated possession, but the dynamic of the contest changed with a Leigh Griffiths goal after 32 minutes, with the Celtic striker finding the far corner with an excellent finish.

    However, a double change at the break gave Slovenia renewed impetus, with the hosts equalising through substitute Bezjak, who headed a free-kick back across goal and into the far corner of Craig Gordon’s net.
    And Slovenia took the lead after 72 minutes, with Bezjak once again finding the net. Robert Snodgrass found a late equaliser to set up a grandstand finish, but Scotland just couldn’t find the goal they so desperately needed, even after the sending off of Bostjan Cesar. Ultimately, this was another case of glorious failure.

    TALKING POINT - What happened to Scotland in the second half?

    At half-time, Scotland were in the perfect position. They hadn’t played especially well, but they had a 1-0 lead after Griffiths’ opener. From that point on, though, everything went wrong. Strachan set up his side too negatively, taking off Martin and throwing on Ikechi Anya after the equaliser. That robbed Scotland of an outlet, inviting yet more pressure on top of themselves that ultimately resulted in another Slovenia goal. When it mattered most, their tactics were all wrong.

    MAN OF THE MATCH - Josip Ilicic (Slovenia)

    He was identified as the danger man for Slovenia before kick off, and Josip Ilicic lived up to his billing. The playmaker was at the centre of everything well the hosts did, especially in the first half. Scotland didn’t know how to deal with him as he drifted between the lines of midfield and attack. Bezjak might have grabbed the goals, but Ilicic was the man who created them.

    Slovenia - Oblak 6, Cesar 5, Ilicic 8, Kurtic 6, Matavz 5, Jokic 6, Mevlja 6, Rotman 7, Repas 6, Verbic 5, Struna 6. Subs - Bezjak 8, Skubic 5, Vetrih 5.

    Scotland - Gordon 5, Tierney 6, Mulgrew 5, Berra 6, Robertson 6, D.Fletcher 7, McArthur 5, Bannan 5, Phillips 5, Martin 6, Griffiths 7. Subs - Anya 5, Snodgrass 6, S.Fletcher 5.


    32’ GOAL! Slovenia 0-1 Scotland: Scotland have a crucial lead! It was an extremely tight angle for Griffiths, but he let the ball drop and angled a strike across the face of goal and into the far corner of the net.
    42’ GRIFFITHS INJURY! This could be a real issue for Scotland. Griffiths appears to have picked up an injury and is hobbling over to the touchline to receive some treatment. Calf?

    55’ GOAL! Slovenia 1-1 Scotland: Well, there's the equaliser and Scotland are going to have to do this the hard way. Bezjak got in behind the Scotland defence from a free-kick and headed past Gordon into the far corner.

    72’ GOAL! Slovenia 2-1 Scotland: Is that the goal to finish off Scotland? The away side don't defend a corner kick well enough, with the ball played back to Bezjak. The sub made no mistake in passing into the net.
    78’ FLETCHER SHOULD HAVE SCORED! That was the chance for Scotland to get back on level terms! The ball fell nicely to Fletcher eight yards out, but he sliced his effort over the bar.

    88’ GOAL! Slovenia 2-2 Scotland: OUT OF NOWHERE! Scotland have scored a late equaliser, but they need another one! Snodgrass got on the end of it to prod high into the corner of the net.

    92’ SENT OFF! I'm not entirely sure what's happened, but Cesar has been shown a straight red card.


    Leigh Griffiths has been involved in seven goals in his last five internationals for Scotland (four goals, three assists).

    Slovenia conceded a goal at home for the first time in this World Cup qualification campaign.

  • Late Martin Skrtel own-goal sends Scotland second

    World Cup Qualification Group F, Hampden Park - Scotland 1 (Skrtel OG 89') Slovakia 0

    Scotland took a gigantic step towards the 2018 World Cup by beating 10-man Slovakia, with Martin Skrtel’s own goal just two minutes from the end giving Gordon Strachan’s side a dramatic 1-0 win.

    For so long, it looked like yet another tale of glorious failure for the Dark Blues, with Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka pulling off save after save to prevent the hosts from taking the lead, even after the visitors were reduced to 10 men following a dive by Robert Mak.
    With both Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong missing through injury, Darren Fletcher, Barry Bannan and James Morrison started in the centre of midfield, but it wasn’t until the introduction of Chris Martin in the second half that Scotland took a firm grip of the contest, with both Martin and Leigh Griffiths striking the bar.

    And it was Martin who forced home the winning goal from a cross by Ikechi Anya, with Skrtel diverting the ball into his own net on the stretch. The win moves the Scots into second place in Group F with just one game left to play against Slovenia on Sunday.


    Sunday’s game is now Scotland’s biggest in 10 years. Not since that infamous match against Italy in 2007 have Scotland had a make or break match like the one they will face on Sunday against Slovenia. Win and Strachan’s side will claim a play-off place for the 2018 World Cup. Draw and the chances will be left up to mathematics. Whichever way you look at it, Scotland will now prepare for their biggest match in a long, long time.

    Martin Dubravka (Slovakia) For 88 minutes, it looked like Dubravka would effectively knock Scotland out of qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Quite simply, the Slovakian goalkeeper had the game of his life. He pulled of astonishing save after astonishing save, even riding his luck when Scotland crashed a shot off the crossbar twice. Were it not for Dubravka, Scotland would have won this match comfortably.


    Scotland - Gordon 6, Tierney 7, Mulgrew 5, Berra 6, Robertson 7, D.Fletcher 6, Morrison 5, Bannan 7, Forrest 7, Griffiths 7, Phillips 5. Subs - McArthur 5, Martin 7, Anya 6.

    Slovakia - Dubravka 9, Pekarik 5, Skrtel 6, Durica 7, Gregus 6, Nemec 5, Hubocan 6, Hamsik 8, Kucka 6, Mak 3, Lobotka 7. Subs - Weiss 5, Gyomber 5, Duda 5.


    8’ PENALTY SHOUT! Tierney drives down the outside, forcing his way into the Slovakian penalty box. He is forced to the ground but the referee waves away his claims for a penalty. There was a case there.

    25’ SENT OFF! Mak has been shown a second yellow card for taking a dive. Indeed, the replays show that he threw himself to the ground trying to win a penalty from Gordon. Right decision.
    61’ BIG SAVE FROM GORDON! Gregus had space down the right channel, hitting it first time. But the Scotland goalkeeper stood tall and made the save with his feet to deny him.

    76’ OFF THE BAR! I can't believe it! Griffiths has hit the crossbar! Scotland are hammering on the door now. He struck the freekick from about 20 yards out but crashed the ball off the woodwork!

    77’ WHAT A SAVE! Morrison had the chance of the game from a matter of yards out, but Dubravka makes an incredible save! Everyone in Hampden thought that was the breakthrough!

    88’ GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Slovakia: SCOTLAND HAVE SCORED! It's gone in! They've finally found the net! Anya got in behind ,getting a cross to the near post! Skrtel forced it home on the stretch under pressure from Martin!

    Craig Gordon becomes only the third Scotland goalkeeper to reach 50 caps, following Jim Leighton (91) and Alan Rough (53).

  • Harry Kane sends England to Russia World Cup with stoppage-time winner

    World Cup Qualifier, Wembley – England 1 (Harry Kane 94’) Slovenia 0

    Harry Kane struck at the death as England booked their place at the 2018 World Cup finals despite an underwhelming display in a 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley.

    Gareth Southgate's side knew their fate was in their own hands, but laboured for long spells until Kane pounced in stoppage time to claim his 14th goal in his last nine matches for club and country.
    Scotland's victory over Slovakia meant a point would have been enough in the end, but this England side's habit for scoring late on resurfaced at just the right time to ensure they rounded off their Wembley campaign on a positive note.

    The result means the Three Lions are six points clear of second-placed Scotland, with just one game to play in Group F.

    England will now look to remain unbeaten in qualifying when they visit Lithuania on Sunday.


    Mission accomplished in underwhelming fashion for Southgate, but the big test is yet to come. Overall, it's been a qualifying campaign littered with average performances and a hint of controversy - but at the end of it all it is a case of job done. Southgate answered the SOS call following Sam Allardyce's ever so brief reign and has steered his side through a group they were always expected to top. Of course, England sides of recent years have been fine in qualifying, but it's at the major tournaments where they come up way short. Clocking up so many qualifying matches without a loss is no mean feat, but there's no doubt England will have to improve if they are to make any sort of significant impression when faced with sterner tests in Russia next summer. Expectations will remain low based on this evidence.

    Marcus Rashford (England). The Manchester United starlet is the go-to man when it come to looking for a spark in this England side. Could and perhaps should have scored in the second half, but most of England's good moments came through him on the left until Kane stole the headlines in the 94th minute. Rashford turns 20 later this month and seems a shoe-in for a starting berth in Russia next summer.

    ENGLAND: Hart 8, Walker 7, Bertrand 7, Stones 7, Cahill 7, Henderson 6, Dier 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Sterling 6, Rashford 8, Kane 6. Subs: Lingard 6, Keane n/a.

    SLOVENIA: Oblak 7, Struna 6, Mevlja 6, Cesar 6, Jokic 6, Rotman 6, Krhin 6, Bezjak 6, Ilicic 7, Verbic 6, Sporar 6. Subs: Birsa 7, Repas 6, Matavz 7.

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    9' - PENALTY SHOUT! Josip Ilicic makes a clever dart to the right of the penalty area and is rewarded with a corner as Hart came to block. The Slovenian looks at the referee quizzically. Replays show the keeper didn't get the ball and appeared to catch the forward's heel. Let off for England?

    45+1' - ENGLAND CHANCE. Rashford tries to catch Oblak out with a low free kick towards the near post, but the keeper is alert to the danger and pushes it wide.

    63' - ENGLAND CHANCE. England break from a Slovenia corner. Sterling leads the charge and lays it into the path of Rashford who goes for the lob over the advancing keeper but sees it hacked clear inside the six-yard box.

    69' - ENGLAND CHANCE. Rashford causes problems on the left once more. He finds Sterling, who sees his shot blocked before Kane flashes the follow-up just past the far post.
    85' - SLOVENIA CHANCE. Hart comes out to bravely save at the feet of Tim Matavz after the Slovenia striker was sent clear. The keeper then saves the follow-up. Replays showing it should have been flagged offside - but Hart didn't know that.

    90+4' - GOAL! ENGLAND 1-0 SLOVENIA. Kane lifts the mood inside Wembley as he slides home Walker's cross after the full back had seized upon Oblak's over-anxious early throw out. England are heading to Russia!


    England have lost just one of their last 19 matches at home, and none in the last eight, winning eight and drawing one.

    England qualify for World Cup for 6th successive time, equalling their record. They also participated in six in a row from 1950 to 1970.

    Kane's previous international home goal was on 22 May 2016, in England's 2-1 friendly win against Turkey at Etihad Stadium.

  • Dele Alli banned for one game by FIFA for middle-finger gesture

    England midfielder Dele Alli has been handed a one-match ban by FIFA for his middle-finger gesture during the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

    The incident came about during England’s 2-1 victory at the start of September, when Alli was frustrated by referee Clement Turpin’s failure to give a free-kick for what he felt was a foul by Martin Skrtel.
    Alli was caught on camera sticking up his middle finger, but after the match claimed it was directed at his former club team-mate Kyle Walker, with the Football Association submitting evidence to try and prove this.

    He could have received a suspension of up to four matches, but FIFA have decided to hand the Tottenham player a one-match ban.

    World football's governing body said in a statement that although the gesture was "allegedly directed at team-mate" it was still "offensive and unsporting."

    It means that Alli will miss the match against Slovenia at Wembley on October 5, but is free to play in the clash in Lithuania three days later.

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