Ebene News – UA – Harry Maguire saves England’s dying victory over Poland

England 2-1 Poland: the strong push from the Defender allowed the Three Lions to keep their record of 100%

On a night when England seemed to be creating nothing but problems for themselves, it was a bit of hard work that got them through There was the strength of the winner from Harry Maguire and the John Stones’ total resilience to keep the play alive to set it up This also kept England’s 100% record alive, after the Manchester City center-half initially offered Poland their equalizer

So it was a display of fighting spirit rather than attacking spirit, as a team with so much starting talent – if not in this case coming off the bench – battled an opposing team that Robert Lewandowski lacked its dominant star.

You wouldn’t have guessed it for long stretches of the second half, when it looked like it could be a bad two point loss

Rather, it was a performance that will cause more questions about the balance Gareth Southgate has found for this team, and whether the abundant quality of attack is best used – especially with this double pivot midfielder It was mostly professional, just this winner

As such, it won’t escape the remark that goals in one of England’s most delicate games once again came from a penalty and a free kick Southgate still has a long way to go there

For their part, England deserved their first lead Poland might have few complaints about the delay given the direction of play at this point, but might have arguments as to how they came behind

It was another one of those decisions from those qualifiers where – yes – you notice the lack of VAR It sure would’ve been the one that deserved another look As Sterling worked his way into the box, Michal Helik pulled out a stretched leg to try to block an early cross, only for the attacker to come down Any contact seemed soft to nonexistent

Referee Bjorn Kuipers has always pointed out the spot, giving Harry Kane the chance to score his 34th international goal and set another record The captain’s strike in the middle means he’s now scored more penalties for England than any other player

Some of those who needlessly criticized Kane’s contribution might complain about it, but it’s really absurd.They are just the embellishment of a ridiculously efficient rate of open play

On that matter, England seemed to be fluent during parts of the first half There had at least been some feeling that Southgate was starting to figure out what their best XI was only for two of the foundation players to endure some of their worst times

Pope had sowed uncertainty with poor control in the minutes leading up to the equalizer, then created trouble for Stones by playing an awkward ball behind him The Manchester City center-half still should have done so much better than his inexplicably heavy-handed attempt to bring him out Substitute Arkadiusz Milik was almost as relaxed on receiving the ball, but in a good way It was all in contrast to the thunder of the finish by Jakub Moder He left Pope out of luck as the ball was hammered into the top corner with extreme prejudice

Almost with the speed of this strike, the game quickly shifted from where England was in charge, to a real back-and-forth Poland even started playing the kind of football the home side would idealize, with some nice exchanges to the beat. We almost saw Milik put his team forward, only to put what seemed a relatively easy header wide

At the other end, there was now a rush of anxiety in England’s play, unlike the control before They were looking to force the odds rather than fabricate them This was almost summed up by the dive reckless Kane at the feet of Wojciech Szczesny He may have been lucky that he did not receive further sanction England were lucky that Lewandowski was not on the pitch

Southgate was missing out on its own options, even though all of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount were on the pitch The bench looked a little less dangerous without Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi or Jack Grealish available

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So normal serve resumed England watched a set piece Stones did supreme to keep his corner, and Maguire did even better to send it off It was a nice finish from the center half and a necessary finish for the match for Southgate He keeps this record 100% but, through this game, seems a little further than 100% from knowing his team

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Ebene News – UA – Harry Maguire saves the ultimate victory England vs Poland

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/england-vs-poland-team-news-lineups-b1824686.html