Czech Rep vs England
European Qualifiers Group A
7:45pm Friday 11th October
A England suffered their first qualifying defeat in over 10 years since Czech Republic came from behind to win
Degree at 1-1 following a sloppy performance, England were punished by 30-year-old Czech debutant and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek, that switched low and traumatized by 10 metres to stun Gareth Southgates side (85).
England had taken an early lead during Harry Kanes punishment after Raheem Sterling was tripped (5), however the Czechs reacted immediately through Jakub Brabec, turning up at the back post following guess England defending in a corner (9).
The people had been under par in the first half, allowing the Czechs many half-chances out of set-pieces and failing to create any opportunities, and England left to the winner of Ondrasek no points thanks though they rose after the break.
A win would have sent England but defeat means England and Czech Republic are level on points on top of Group A, with Kosovo four things behind.
Having been faultless defensively before the 5-3 triumph over Kosovo last month in Qualifiers, the most turmoil at Englands defence lasted in Prague.
However, it began perfectly. Checking back in lightning speed in the box, Sterling was triggered by Lukas Masopust, allowing Kane to slot from the playground.
The England fans were in good voice, however there have been murmurs of discontent from then on. 38 per cent of goals declared by England below Southgate have been from set-pieces (12/32), the latest coming in the corner as Ondrej Celustkas capitalised on Michael Keanes slip to locate Brabec to bundle home from close variety.
England didnt respond, and nor did they hear in the ball from their mistakes. Schick this time turned out by a tight angle, even as England conceded for only the second time at 78 matches, although soucek climbed above Declan Rice in an go to the equaliser.
Like the 40 places, England didnt look on the globe above their competitors in the FIFA world rankings. While Rice and the two Jordan Henderson routinely dropped their move The majority of the first half was played in the front of the defence, Sterling was forced wide and deep.
After the breakup, the first half, before Kanes fine through ball located Sterling one-on-one to be obstructed by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik since he looked to around him was initially awakened by the passing of England.
Masopust then forced Jordan Pickford save in array, and Southgate began altering things up with 18 minutes remaining as Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley replaced Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho.
On his first beginning, Mounts 72 minutes were alright. At the time of his death , he had the maximum pass accuracy in the opposition half (87.5), the most key passes (two ), but gained only over a third of his duels andd just 27 touches.
The winner came defending as the cut of Masopust back found Ondrasek unmarked, letting him push reduced to Pickfords left with a work. Tammy Abraham was released to rescue the day, however the day was one to overlook.
Defeat seemed unthinkable given the superb album in qualifying before the match of England, but their lack of class at both ends nothing that was warranted. They will now be forced to sweat to make next summers championship in a class that could become messy.
England go to Bulgaria at Sofia on Monday night at 7.45pm, which you can follow SkySports.com along with the Sky Sports app, 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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