Anticipation was huge for the England vs Scotland game: Wembley, Regen – football heart, what more could you want. England and Scotland are facing each other in a tournament game for the first time since 1996. About 22,000 spectators, including 2,600 Scots, occupied the stadium.
The Scots had their backs to the wall after their opening loss against the Czech Republic. To be able to survive against England, however, required a significant increase in performance – even in the battle field.
And it came: after only half an hour, coach Steve Clarke’s team had already accumulated more fouls than the entire game against the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, the English team grabbed the opportunity. John Stones opened the opportunity with a header against the post in the 11th minute. Soon after, Mason Mount pushed the ball just ahead of the Scottish goal. Scotland, for their part, were stingy with opportunities but could take the lead after a volley from Stephen O’Donnell in the 31st minute. Jordan Pickford’s parade stopped it.
And where was Harry Kane? In the second match at Euro, the superstar has not yet been able to refuse. Raheem Sterling, “Man of the Match” in the first English game against Croatia, was also rarely seen. Going aimlessly into the cabins. The Scottish Gate seemed to be better preserved than the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
More pressure, but no goal
England continued to look for a way to score after the break. The Gareth Southgate team really wanted to make it into the early round of 16. The pressure at the Scottish Gate grew and increased. But Mount, Foden and Reece James missed the opportunity. James, on the other hand, escaped from the line after a header from Lyndon Dykes (62nd minute).
Meanwhile, Kane had to leave the field in the 74th minute. Marcus Rashford replaced the disappointing captain of the “Three Lions”. The Manchester United striker also remained yellow. A possible foul in the penalty area by Andrew Robertson on Sterling in the 79th minute caused a stir. But the whistle of Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz remained silent.
The Scottish goal at stoppage time still had a rugby-like crush, but the British could not benefit from it either.
The Scots successfully closed the Scots – and therefore ended the 115th duel between the two 0-0 – as well as the first duel on November 30, 1872. The English star ensemble fell short of its prospects. Scotland, on the other hand, were not only confident in the fight and are back in the tournament.
so it goes on
After the draw, England will currently have to make do with second place in the group. Checks are in the first place in the table. The top match between the two teams will be on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the chances of round 16 remain intact for Scotland and Croatia. So in Group D it remains exciting. You can watch both the matches live on SRF from 8:30 PM. The game starts at 9:00 pm.
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