Review - England 2-1 Slovakia 5 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 05, 2017, 11:13 AM

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Match Stats:

  • England 2-1 Slovakia
  • Shots: 24-5
  • Possession: 51%-49%
  • Corner kicks: 9-1

England survived a scare as they came from behind to beat Slovakia at Wembley and take a giant stride towards qualification for next summer's World Cup in Russia.

Stanislav Lobotka took advantage of sloppy defensive work to put Slovakia ahead after just three minutes - the start of a shoddy first-half display by Gareth Southgate's side.

Marcus Rashford was culpable in conceding possession for the goal but recovered superbly to inspire England to a win that leaves them five points clear at the top of Group F with just two rounds of games to play.

Rashford's clever near-post corner was swept in by Eric Dier eight minutes before half-time, and the Manchester United teenager was England's match-winner as he powered a superb shot past Slovakia keeper Martin Dubravka after 59 minutes.

England can confirm their place in Russia with victory against Slovenia at Wembley in their next qualifier on 5 October.

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