FIFA World Cup 2018
Qualifying – Europe
Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia
57′ Škrtel Sent off (Second bookable offence)
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FT: The result means that England temporarily climb to the top of Group F before the rest of the Group’s games. It was also Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England and meant that he got off to winning start. Slovakia temporarily drop to the bottom of the table before the rest of the Group’s games.
FT: England deserved the victory given the number of chances created, but Slovakia deserve a lot of credit as they defended resolutely despite being down to ten-men.
FT: Slovakia didn’t threaten Hart’s goal during the second-half, possibly after Škrtel’s dismissal forced them to defend. However, had Švento made contact from Ďuriš’delivery in the first-half, the game could have been very different.
FT: England had a number of opportunities to take the lead but went closest through Lallana, who was first denied by the woodwork and then by Kozáčik. He also fired an effort just wide before he found the back of the net with virtually the last kick of the game. Walcott thought he had given England the lead earlier prior to the goal but it was correctly ruled out.
FT: So a late strike from Lallana has gifted England all three points.
90’+5′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+5′ Goal!! Rose does well to beat his man and pull the ball back into Lallana who manages to squeeze an effort through the legs of Kozáčik who can’t keep it out. It’s the midfielder’s first goal for England, he will receive a yellow card for his extravagant celebration, but he won’t care.
90’+2′ Stones is penalised for a foul.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
Disallowed goal!! Walcott finds the back of the net after Kiss’ ricochet found the Arsenal man, however the goal is correctly chalked off as the ball deflected off Sturridge on the way through to Walcott.
88′ Chance!! Sturridge cuts-inside but Kozáčik makes a comfortable save.
85′ Walcott is caught offside.
85′ Close!! Stones finds Lallana who fires an effort just wide from-range.
83′ Ďurica clears Rooney’s delivery before a Walcott cross is met wide by Sturridge on the stretch.
82′ Alli wins a freekick in a good position.
81′ Final England change sees Daniel Sturridge replace Kane.
77′ Final Slovakia change sees Švento replaced by Filip Kiss.
75′ So close!! Lallana does well to turn his man and fire an effort that beats Kozáčik but he’s to be denied by the inside of the post before Walcott miscues the rebound. Lallana then has a shot palmed away by Kozáčik.
73′ Hubočan wins a freekick after a foul from Walker.
71′ Second Slovakia change sees Mak replaced by František Kubík.
70′ Close!! Rooney curls the freekick just over the bar.
70′ Second England change sees Theo Walcott replace Sterling.
69′ Ďurica is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.
66′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts.
66′ Dier wins a corner.
65′ Close!! Kozáčik is forced to tip over a Sterling cross-come-shot following the corner.
64′ Chance!! A Rooney cross-come-shot is parried by Kozáčik before Kane wins a corner.
63′ First England change sees Dele Alli replace Henderson.
63′ Chance!! Henderson tees up Lallana who tries to curl an effort into the top-corner but he fires the effort over the bar.
61′ The delivery is dealt with by the visitors.
60′ Rose concedes a corner.
58′ Mak wins a freekick after a foul by Sterling.
57′ Dismissal!! Škrtel receives a second yellow card for a stamp on Kane. It was a poor challenge from the former Liverpool man. The Slovakian was adjudged to have fouled the Tottenham forward prior to the incident, but it was only until the defender stamped on the striker that the referee gave the defender his second yellow card.
56′ Mak’s delivery comes to nothing as the referee again spots an infringement.
56′ Pekarík wins a corner.
55′ The delivery is cleared.
55′ First Slovakia change sees Pečovský replaced by Norbert Gyömbér.
54′ Mak wins a corner.
52′ Rooney’s delivery is deep but Henderson heads it back across goal only for Kozáčik to gather.
51′ Škrtel is penalised for a foul on Kane. He’s already on a booking and is rather fortunate to still be on the pitch.
48′ Henderson fires an effort over the bar on the half-volley.
48′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement.
47′ The delivery is cleared by Škrtel before Sterling fires an effort wide via a deflection.
47′ Walker wins a corner.
46′ Sterling wins a freekick after a foul from Pekarík.
45′ Slovakia get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Slovakia hold on for a point or even get a surprise victory or will England finally make the breakthrough for new manager Sam Allardyce? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Slovakia have defended well so far and have been able to cope with the England threat. England have played the ball too slow in the final third of the pitch, allowing Slovakia to get men back and defend. England have looked dangerous from set-pieces with Slovakia goalkeeper Kozáčik looking nervy from deliveries.
HT: Slovakia possibly had the best chance of the game when an error from Rose allowed Pekarík to steal possession; enabling Ďuriš to send in a dangerous ball that evaded Švento by inches.
HT: In a first-half where chances were few and far between, England had a couple of good opportunities with Kane failing to make contact with a low cross from Walker and Sterling firing just wide from inside the area.
HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Slight delay in the match as Rose and Škrtel are down.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
40′ The delivery is cleared.
40′ Kane wins a corner.
38′ Close!! A Kane pass fortuitously makes its way to Sterling via a ricochet off the defender and Sterling composes himself before firing an effort just wide of the far-post.
36′ Chance!! Rose delays a clearance and Pekarík nips-in to win the ball, allowing Ďuriš to send in a teasing delivery that evades the sliding-Švento by inches.
35′ Henderson is penalised for a foul.
35′ Hubočan wins a freekick after a foul from Sterling.
34′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement.
33′ Ďuriš wins a corner.
32′ Kane is caught offside.
31′ Stones wins a freekick.
29′ Cahill is penalised for a foul.
28′ Greguš surges forward but the move breaks down.
26′ Rooney’s delivery is claimed by Kozáčik.
25′ Rooney’s delivery from the freekick is cleared behind by Škrtel for a corner.
24′ Škrtel receives a yellow card for a flailing arm on Kane.
23′ Henderson picks out Sterling, but he miscontrols the ball and it goes out for a goalkick.
21′ Walker sends in a dangerous low cross in towards Kane, but he miscues his effort and swings and misses the ball.
17′ The delivery is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
16′ Stones is penalised for a foul on Mak and concedes a freekick in a promising position for Slovakia.
16′ The corner is worked short, but Rooney’s delivery is overhit and goes harmlessly out for a goalkick.
15′ Rose wins a corner.
14′ Sterling wins a freekick.
11′ Rose wins a freekick after a foul from Ďuriš.
10′ Rooney is penalised for a high challenge on Hamšík.
7′ Sterling wins a freekick.
6′ The delivery is cleared by Cahill before Sterling wins a freekick.
5′ Rose is penalised for a foul on Pekarík and concedes a freekick in a good position for Slovakia.
4′ Sterling miscontrols a lofted cross-field pass from Rooney and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
2′ Rooney’s delivery is cleared by Ďurica.
1′ Rose wins a corner.
0′ England get the game underway.
Slovakia: Matúš Kozáčik (GK), Ján Greguš, Ján Ďurica, Martin Škrtel, Peter Pekarík, Viktor Pečovský, Tomáš Hubočan, Marek Hamšík, Dušan Švento, Michal Ďuriš, Róbert Mak
England: Joe Hart (GK), Danny Rose, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Wayne Rooney, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane