England’s highly praised attack largely faded in the second EM game. Nevertheless, the Three Lions can plan for the next round. The Scots celebrate the draw as a victory with their archers.
LONDON (AP) -. Scotland fans celebrated a one-minute party in the stands after the final whistle, with most English supporters looking for a quick exit.
Bravehearts supporters cheered their 0-0 win over their archers in a pouring rain in London, cheering and cheering their team. With England suffering their first loss in this European Football Championship and missing out on an early jump into the round of 16, the Scots can also dream of a surprise points win to break into the knockout stages. But they must win their last group match against Croatia on Tuesday. England is playing against the Czech Republic at the same time.
Games “hard” and “difficult”
“Praise to Scotland, they defended very well,” said England captain Harry Kane after a spectacular but less than exciting classic at Wembley Stadium. The result is “okay” as his team “didn’t show their best performance” and “didn’t create enough chances”. The game was “tough” and “tough”. Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, who was named man of the match, said, “We wanted to fight back and get through it.” And the outsider had succeeded.
The atmosphere was electrifying even before the start of the 115th edition of Sadabahar. Most of the 22,500 spectators shrill whistled along with the Scots national anthem. As previously announced, when players from both teams knelt on the grass for a moment just before kick-off to send a general signal against discrimination and racism, there was mostly applause, but also a few boos. I.
The favored Englishmen quickly took control of the pitch. After eleven minutes John Stones almost put them ahead but hit the post with a header from a corner. Two minutes later, Mason Mount fired the ball wide of the goal from close range. It was like that for a long time, but there were also good times. The Three Lions, whose starting XI averaged 25 years and 31 days and were thus the youngest Englishmen ever to feature in a World Cup or European Championship game, had more possession but few thoughts going forward. His performance was initially reminiscent of the 1–0 win against Croatia, in which he started off energetic and then eased off.
The Scots relied largely on their bulwark around Arsenal professional Kieran Tierney, who has recovered from an injury, on defence, fight and passion but also the occasional offensive accent. Like in the fourth minute, when Che Adams’ shot was blocked after a fine combination. Or in the 30th minute, when England keeper Jordan Pickford made a strong save against Stephen O’Donnell. As the first half progressed, the visitors looked bold – and the English fans less satisfied.
The English also started the second half early, but they rarely became really dangerous. Mount failed with a low shot by Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall (48th), with Reece James hitting it well from a promising position (55th). The right-back was then challenged by Chelsea FC and made a superb save over the line when Lyndon Dykes tried (62′).
The game continued to be exciting, but England remained unimaginative for long periods. Coach Gareth Southgate tried to bolster the home side’s offense with fresh men, bringing on first Jack Grealish and then Marcus Rashford for the hapless James Foden and Kane. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who was in the English team this time, unlike the first game against Croatia, remained on the bench. Adams almost gave the Braves a sensational victory in the 78th minute, but the shot went over. The new edition of the world’s oldest football duel ended like its premiere in Glasgow 149 years ago: 0-0.
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