England was denied victory after their death in Poland, as substitute Damian Szymanski made up for Harry Kane’s stunner in Wednesday’s World Cup qualification.
After a 4-0 win in a row against Hungary and Andorra, the Three Lions rounded off their triple header victory in September and traveled to Warsaw for their toughest outing to date in Group I. England showed a good performance and Kane silenced the partisan Polish audience with a nice long-range shot, but the The hosts roared back as Szymanski secured a 1-1 draw in stoppage time.
Gareth Southgate’s side lost points for the first time en route to Qatar but they retain control of the group with four games remaining .
For the guests, who continued to play after a lackluster first half and took the lead against Wojciech Szczesny after a shot by Kane from 30 meters, a largely positive evening ended d.
Jordan Pickford almost got himself into trouble when his clearance hit Karol Swiderski and flowed over his head, but England were held back in added time when substitute Szymanski drove home.
Southgate could regretted his decision not to make substitutions on Wednesday as he made 11 changes in the starting XI and returned to the team that beat Hungary.
Just like that night in Budapest, the English players were whistled on their knees after they had applauded « God Save the Queen » after the first whistles from many home fans.
In the sold-out Narodowy stadium, the impressive noise continued, Poland unsettled the guests by transferring this intensity to the pitch in the early stages .
Kyle Walker blocked a threatening attempt by Tymoteusz Puchacz, who was booked by Kalvin Phillips for a foul after eight minutes – one by m Honest referee decisions that annoyed England.
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Poland defended aggressively and Robert Lewandowski’s presence on the other hand turned out to be problematic. Jakub Moder was able to fend off a forced attempt before Adam Buksa narrowly missed a cross.
England enjoyed most of the ball possession, but could not get a shot on goal in the opening phase. Kane missed the target with an idiosyncratic header after Mason Mount bent wide.
Lewandowski had Poland’s best early performance when he bundled a choppy pass from Karol Linetty but didn’t get enough of the ball to beat Pickford .
Tensions broke during the break. Kamil Glik appeared to pinch Walker ahead of a free kick in added time, with both pairs of players clashing at halftime. Harry Maguire was outraged and was eventually booked along with the Polish defender.
England seemed to be taking a quick blow when play resumed after the break when Jack Grealish blocked a low shot from an acute angle that was close to long The post went wide.
Szczesny mastered a long-range shot from Phillips with ease, while the visitors continued to take the lead, with Raheem Sterling lightly jeopardizing the defense of the Poles.
England began by patiently trying out gaps in the Polish defense and they were threatened by set pieces and Maguire saw a header from the far post before the flag was hoisted for an offside position.
Puchacz stormed into the box and hit the near post as Poland resumed calmed down. Lewandowski tried his luck with a long-range shot.
But just as Poland showed live lightning bolts, England landed a belly blow from a distance when Kane took aim from 30 meters and defeated former Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny.
The goal was displaced the captain in front of Michael Owen on 41 international goals, but did not prove the winner in Warsaw.
Pickford breathed a sigh of relief when his unnecessarily delayed release hit Swiderski and rolled him over, prompting him to withdraw hastily to prevent that he crossed the line.
However, this moment brought new life to Poland and their fans when Lewandowski rolled past the goal when pressed.
In stoppage time they pushed on undeterred and the Bayern Munich striker stood with a fine ball to the far post, where Szymanski defeated Luke Shaw, to come home and secure an unlikely point to the delight of the locals.
B ailey Peacock-Farrell earned Northern Ireland a point when they fought an often intense but ultimately goalless draw with Switzerland in the World Cup qualifying at Windsor Park.
Peacock-Farrell made sure it was not repeated four years ago that would give events – when Ricardo Rodriguez’s hugely controversial penalty kick for the Swiss ended Northern Irish hopes of reaching the 2018 finals – when he blocked a penalty from Haris Seferovic who had neither power nor placement.
And Northern Ireland earned at least one point on a night when they saw the more threatening side of open play – thanks in large part to the energy and directness of Shayne Lavery.
Though their industry wasn’t rewarded with a win they placed on the Second place in Group C was a draw against a team 37 places ahead of them in the world rankings, another positive result That Ian Baraclough could build on.
After nine changes to Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win in Estonia, the coach moved back to the side that won 4-1 in Lithuania last week, with the exception of Ciaron Brown , who replaced the suspended Paddy McNair.
Cheered on by 16,000 fans, the first large audience at Windsor Park since November 2019, Northern Ireland started the game with the forefoot to put pressure on Switzerland.
Captain Steven Davis had highlighted Lavery – who scored his first international goal in Vilnius – as a player who would take the Green-White Army from their seats, and that is exactly what he did after nine minutes.
When the Swiss defenders took the long ball from Left in the hands of Craig Cathcart, the Blackpool striker jumped through to race on goal despite not getting the ball completely off his feet before he shot just in.
But the 22nd’s all-action approach -Year-olds Northern Ireland offered a and This kind of valve gave the Swiss defense a lot to think about as the hosts built up sustained pressure.
But after half an hour everything threatened to go wrong when Michael Smith – already booked – was guilty, Ruben Vargas in Pushing the penalty area to the ground, with the Austrian referee Harald Lechner pointing to the point.
Seferovic stepped up, but his penalty was too straight and too soft to beat Peacock-Farrell, who was for the second time in a row saved in qualifying after his crucial block kept Northern Ireland in the lead in Lithuania last Thursday.
Lavery was back on track early in the second half, taking a dangerous free kick when he was brought down by Manuel Akanji before Denis Zakaria got a yellow card for stopping his run on the center line.
As the hour drew nearer, Switzerland was able to get more foot on the ball and one A chance for Seferovic to work out, which was comfortably held by Peacock-Farrell.
The intensity seemed to have weakened for Northern Ireland and with Smith appearing injured, Baraclough made a double substitution, sending in young Liverpool right-back Conor Bradley while he was playing Conor Washington replaced with Dion Charles.
Another substitute had the next chance when the ball fell to him in the penalty area, but George Saville’s shot on the turn was fired quickly.
Daniel Ballard was standing up to hit a corner but couldn’t muster enough strength in his attempt and that was the last of the clear chances as both sides accepted a point in the evening.
Estonia, which is 110th in the world and between Guinea-Bissau and North Korea was bottom of group E and conceded 15 goals in three games.
But Wales could not defeat the stubborn guests in one night than even skipper G areth Bale, who won his 99th international match but couldn’t save it and Belgium extended their lead at the top of the group with a 1-0 win over Belarus.
Bale had scored a hat trick, including a win in added time when Wales beat Belarus 3-2 in World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.
The Real Madrid striker was as close as anyone in front of 21,624 spectators when the fans came in for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began large numbers returned to Cardiff City Stadium.
Bale’s close-range header was brilliantly saved by Estonia’s Arsenal teenager Karl Jakob Hein before the Real Madrid striker headed a post late as the pressure from Wales increased.
This was the first competitive match between the two nations, with Wales winning friendlies in 1994 and 2009.
Wales had been boosted by the dramatic win against Belarus on Sunday, and interim boss Robert Page took dr e changes from Kazan’s clash with Ethan Ampadu, recalled Harry Wilson and Tyler Roberts.
Estonia scored no points in qualifying for the World Cup, but had scored two goals against Belarus, Belgium and the Czech Republic, and Wales needed more Show defensive strength than in Kazan, especially when defending against counter-attacks.
Wales were almost in the lead after 38 seconds when Bale’s header allowed Roberts to put the ball in the path of Chris Gunter.
The full-back raced down the right side and his cross deserved a better finish than the one Wilson delivered when the Fulham striker lost the chance.
Wales dominated possession but was held in check until Daniel James counterattacked led for Roberts to field Bale, whose shot was high on goal.
Roberts could not test Hein in the next attack by Wales, while Estonia quickly took corpses from the ball to suffocate Bale.
Wa les might have received a 25-minute penalty when Marten Kuusk worked Wilson’s cross, but French referee Ruddy Buquet kept waving and the incident was not passed on to the VAR.
Wilson was pushed off and through after a headbutt Jonny Williams replaced, who came on in the second half against Belarus.
Wales breathed a sigh of relief after 38 minutes when Mattias Kait was invited to a shot from 20 meters and hit the crossbar.
Hein had in the didn’t make a save in the first half, but the 19-year-old tried at close range to prevent Bale from profiting from Ben Davies’ free kick.
Joe Morrell then released Roberts through the middle and Hein stuck a foot to deflecting the striker’s shot around the post.
Roberts soon made way for Mark Harris and the Cardiff striker’s excellent movement caused the opponents to run out of breath.
Hey in held on to a bale header, expressing yet another attempt by the Welsh captain, who sent the rebound on the post and then dumped Joe Allen’s violent drive.
Danny Ward stayed vigilant on the other end to prevent that Konstantin Vassiljev missed an Estonian sucker when Wales failed to score for the third time in four games.
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