England Failed To Remain Perfect in the Qualifiers After Poland Late Equalizer

England Failed To Remain Perfect in the Qualifiers After Poland Late Equalizer Image

England failed to reach their sixth straight win in the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as Poland scored an injury-time equalizer for final 1-1 in Warsaw on Wednesday.

England looked like they are on the wait to remain the perfect record in Group I of the European qualification when Harry Kane gave his team the lead in the 72nd minute.

Gareth Southgate’s squad had control over the match in front of more than 56.000 fans in the Poland capital but the home team managed to score in the second minute of the stoppage time.

England’s defense did a great job on Poland’s best player Robert Lewandowski but the Bayern Munich star made a great pass for the substitute Damian Szymanski to rise above Luke Shaw and send a header past Jordan Pickford.

The draw doesn’t make much of an impact on England’s chances to qualify for the World Cup since they are at the top of the group with 16 points, four more than Albania and five more than Poland with four games remaining.

“We conceded late, and of course that was a disappointment,” said Southgate. “But across the ten days the players have been together, they’ve been fantastic,” said Southgate after the match.

“We couldn’t be sure what sort of a reaction we would have after the summer, but we’ve had a really positive one and I think in the two away games, we’ve given, in the main, two very mature performances.”

England manager was criticized for not making any substitutions during the match especially with the fact that Poland’s Paulo Sousa made five second-half changes.

“We were in total control of the game, and to bring players into that moment can be difficult,” said Southgate. “Everybody was performing to a good level, and we were in control of possession. You can put players into the game who have had to sit in the stand, and it’s not so easy to come in in those latter stages.”

France ended up the five-game winless streak with the 2-0 win over Finland in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Antoine Griezmann scored twice for the reigning world champions that are on top of Group D with 12 points, seven more than Finland and Ukraine.

France had to come back from behind to draw in the last two qualifying games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine.

An easy win over Azerbaijan moved Portugal to the top of Group A to put them in a good situation to book their ticket for the World Cup.

Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Diogo Jota scored in Portugal’s 3-0 win.

Portugal was without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was suspended after receiving a second yellow card for taking his shirt off as he celebrated his second goal in the 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland.

In the same group, a late own goal by Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic gave the Republic of Ireland their best result under Stephen Kenny as they drew with Serbia in Dublin.

Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's header from a Dusan Tadic corner put the Serbs ahead in the middle of the first half.

Ireland’s run of competitive games without a victory under Kenny extended to 12 but this felt like a success with the late comeback.

Serbia now trails Portugal by two points at the top of Group A in the battle for a World Cup spot.

Scotland impressively revived their World Cup 2022 qualification hopes after a 1-0 win in Austria.

Lyndon Dykes' penalty, awarded after a VAR check, gave Steve Clarke's men a highly desired victory.

The Scots are now second in Group F with 11 points, one more than Israel and four more than Austria. Denmark is on top with 18 points.

Germany took control of Group J after a road 4-0 win against Iceland. Gnabry, Rudiger, Sane, and Werner scored for Hansi Flick’s squad.


FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers scores

Group A

Ireland – Serbia 1-1; Azerbaijan – Portugal 0-3

Standings: 1. Portugal 13 2. Serbia 11; 3. Luxembourg 6; 4. Ireland 2; 5. Azerbaijan 1           

Group B

Kosovo - Spain 0-2; Greece – Sweden 2-1

Standings: 1. Spain 13; 2. Sweden 9; 3. Greece 6; 4. Kosovo 4; 5. Georgia 1

Group C

Italy – Lithuania 5-0; Northern Ireland – Switzerland 0-0

Standings: 1. Italy 14; 2. Switzerland 8; 3. Bulgaria 5; 4. Northern Ireland 5; 5. Lithuania 0

Group D

France – Finland 2-0; Bosnia and Herzegovina - Kazakhstan 2-2

Standings: 1. France 12; 2. Ukraine 5; 3. Finland 5; 4. Bosnia and Herzegovina 3; Kazakhstan 3

Group E

Belarus - Belgium 0-1; Wales – Estonia 0-0

Standings: 1. Belgium 16; 2. Czech Republic 7; 3. Wales 7; 4. Belarus 3; 5. Estonia 1

Group F

Denmark – Israel 5-0; Austria – Scotland 0-1; Faroe Islands – Moldova 2-1

Standings: 1. Denmark 18; 2. Scotland 11; 3. Israel 10; 4. Austria 7; 5. Faroe Islands 4; 6. Moldova 1

Group G

Netherlands – Turkey 6-1; Norway – Gibraltar 5-1; Montenegro - Latvia 0-0

Standings: 1. Netherlands 13; 2. Turkey 13; 3. Norway 13; 4. Montenegro 8; 5. Latvia 5; 6. Gibraltar 0

Group H

Croatia - Slovenia 3-0; Russia – Malta 2-0; Slovakia - Cyprus 2-0

Standings: 1. Croatia 13; 2. Russia 13; 3. Slovakia 9 4. Slovenia 7; 5. Malta 4; 6. Cyprus 4

Group I

Poland – England 1-1; Hungary – Andorra 2-1; Albania –San Marino 5-0

Standings: 1. England 16; 2. Albania 12; 3. Poland 11; 4. Hungary 10; 5. Andorra 3; 6. San Marino 0

Group J

Iceland – Germany 0-4; North Macedonia – Romania 0-0; Armenia - Liechtenstein 1-1

Standings: 1. Germany 15; 2. Armenia 11; 3. Romania 10; 4. North Macedonia 9; 5. Iceland 4; 6. Liechtenstein 1