Czech Rep vs England
European Qualifiers Group A
7:45pm Friday 11th October
A limp England suffered their first qualifying defeat as Czech Republic came from behind to win 2-1 at Prague from European Qualifying Group A.
Degree at 1-1 following a sloppy operation, England were penalized by 30-year-old Czech debutant and replacement Zdenek Ondrasek, who converted reduced and unmarked from 10 yards to stun Gareth Southgates side (85).
England had taken an early lead through Harry Kanes punishment after Raheem Sterling was tripped (5), but the Czechs reacted immediately through Jakub Brabec, turning upward at the back post after suspect England defending from a corner (9).
The visitors had been permitting the Czechs out of set-pieces and failing to make some chances, and England left with no issues thanks to the winner of Ondrasek, though they increased after the break.
A win could have sent England but conquer signifies England and Czech Republic are level on points at the very top of Group A, with Kosovo four things behind.
Having been faultless prior to the triumph over Kosovo last month, the most chaos at Englands defence continued in Prague.
However, it began perfectly. Assessing back at lightning pace in the box, Lukas Masopust triped Sterling, allowing Kane to slot home from the playground area.
There were murmurs of discontent from then on, although the 3,600 travelling England fans were in good voice. 38 percent of goals declared by England under Southgate have been from set-pieces (12/32), the most recent coming from a corner as Ondrej Celustkas capitalised on Michael Keanes slide to find Brabec to package home from close variety.
England didnt react, and did they hear from their mistakes. Soucek rose above Declan Rice in an movement to the equaliser, but Schick as England surrendered 10 shots from the first half of a match for the second time at 78 this time turned over from a tight angle matches.
Above their competitors in the FIFA world rankings, England didnt look like the negative 40 areas on the globe. The majority of the first half was played in front of the Czech defence, Sterling was forced wide and deep, while the two Jordan Henderson and Rice routinely dropped their move.
After the breakup, the passing of England awakened the first half, until Kanes fine through ball discovered Sterling one-on-one, just to be blocked by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik since he looked to around him.
Masopust forced Jordan Pickford into a fingertip save in variety, and Southgate started altering things up with 18 minutes remaining Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley substituted Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount.
On his first beginning, the 72 minutes of Mount were ok. In the time of his death he had the highest pass accuracy in the opposition half (87.5), the main passes (two ), but gained just over a third of his duels andd only 27 rolls.
The winner came from England as Masopusts cut back found Ondrasek unmarked, allowing him to push reduced to Pickfords left having a controlled effort defending. Tammy Abraham has been introduced to save the day, however the day was one.
Defeat seemed unthinkable awarded in qualifying before the match, England album, but their lack of class at both ends warranted nothing. They will be made to sweat to make next summers championship in a class which could become cluttered.
England go to Bulgaria at Sofia on Monday night at 7.45pm, which you can follow SkySports.com along with the Sky Sports program, while Czech Republic sponsor Northern Ireland in a friendly on Monday at 6pm, live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event.
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