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World Cup Qualifiers: Poland Snatch a Late Equaliser to End England’s 100% Record


World Cup Qualifiers: Poland Snatch a Late Equaliser to End England’s 100% Record

World Cup Qualifiers: Poland Snatch a Late Equaliser to End England’s 100% Record

Szymanski grabs last minute equaliser, but England remain top of Group I.

The three lions looked on course to maintain their perfect sequence of results in European Group I and take another huge leap towards Qatar World Cup Qualification, after a moment of quality from Harry Kane gave them the lead when he sent a dipping long-range shot past Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesny with 18 minutes left.

Gareth Southgate’s side had performed impressively to snuff out Poland’s attacks, whilst a hostile home crowd gave partisan support to their team. However, everything changed 1 minute into stoppage time, at the end of the 2nd half.

Robert Lewandowski the superstar Polish striker had been limited by England to a few difficult opportunities, but he delivered an inch-perfect cross for substitute Damian Szymanski to outjump Luke Shaw and nod past Jordan Pickford in the England goal.

It was a tough pill to swallow for England’s players, who sank to their knees in disappointment at the final whistle. However, a draw is not the end of the world, and they remain in control of their own qualifying destiny.

After the game, Poland celebrated as if they had won the World Cup, with players and coaching staff all piling on top of one another. That could perhaps be regarded as a backhanded compliment to England and a suggestion of how far this young team have improved in the last few years.

England are 4 points clear at the top of Group I with 4 games remaining. Their next fixtures are away to Andorra on October the 9th, followed by a home game against Hungary on October the 12th. They will be confident of bouncing back with victories in both of those games.

Poland sit 3rd in Group I. Their next two games are against San Marino and Albania on the same dates. They need to win all of their remaining matches and hope that England and second-placed Albania slip up!

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