Euro 2020 Qualifier: Erratic England beat spirited Kosovo in eight-goal thriller

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Greenwood, Phil Foden caught with girls in Three Lions hotel UEFA Nations League: Sterling saves 10-man England against Iceland England’s march towards the Euro 2020 finals continued but not quite in the manner they might have expected. The Three Lions beat a brave and enterprising Kosovo side 5-3 in an extraordinary Group A qualifier at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday. Valon Berisha gave 120th-ranked Kosovo the lead after 35 seconds, but England hit back seven minutes later through Raheem Sterling’s header. The rampant hosts led 5-1 at the interval with a double for teenager Jadon Sancho. Kosovo, surprisingly second in the group just a point behind England at kick-off, were not about to depart the biggest night in their short footballing history quietly though. They exposed worrying weaknesses in England’s defence. Within 10 minutes of the restart they had scored twice through Berisha and a penalty kick by Vedat Muriqi, rattling England and leaving manager Gareth Southgate frowning. Harry Kane, who scored England’s second goal, had a penalty kick saved by Arijanet Muric and Sterling then hit the post. But Kosovo were still going forward until the final whistle and Bersant Celina went close to making it 5-4. England, who conceded three at home for the first time since 2012, lead the group with a maximum 12 points having scored 19 goals in the process. Kosovo dropped to third with eight points, one behind the Czech Republic who beat Montenegro 3-0 away. In spite of their defeat, Kosovo, who had been on a 15-match unbeaten run, will still believe they can qualify for their first tournament finals. It is just four years after gaining international status from world football’s governing body FIFA. Southgate had warned beforehand of Kosovo’s threat and it took only 35 seconds to materialise, albeit from a dreadful mistake by England defender Michael Keane. Without looking, he played a casual pass across his area and the gift was accepted by Muriqi who intercepted and played in Berisha to clip a fine finish past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. That lit the touch paper for a stunning opening half in which England’s attacking play was devastating. The home side were level seven minutes later with Keane making up for his error by heading Ross Barkley’s corner kick across goal for Sterling to nod a real poacher’s goal. It was his sixth in four Euro 2020 qualifying games. So often forced to break down massed defences, England were relishing the wide open spaces left by an attack-minded Kosovo. After 19 minutes, Sterling spun his marker on the halfway line, accelerated forward and slipped a weighted pass to Kane who fired the ball under the body of Muric. Kosovo were still very much in the game but their big night began to unravel as England struck three goals in seven minutes. Manager Bernard Challandes was furious as play was allowed to continue in the 38th minute with a Kosovo player down injured. His mood darkened when Mergim Vojvoda, who minutes earlier fired just wide, tapped in an own goal from Sancho’s low cross. Sterling then made two jet-heeled bursts to provide Borussia Dortmund teenager Sancho with his first senior England goals. Kosovo could have been excused for shutting up shop after the break to try and keep the score down but that does not appear to be in the DNA of Challandes’s side. In the 49th minute Muriqi’s floated pass found Berisha who took a sublime touch before beating Pickford. Six minutes later Muriqi converted a penalty kick after being brought down by Harry Maguire to give Kosovo hope of an incredible comeback. England were never really totally in control but Kane wasted the chance to settle the jitters when his penalty kick was read by Muric who dived to his right to save well. The Nottingham Forest goalkeeper then turned Sterling’s shot against the post. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Euro 2020Gareth SouthgateJadon SanchoMichael KeaneRaheem SterlingValon Berishalast_img read more

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Wellington Rec Rap for April 1 – April 13, 2013

first_imgThere will be a RedLine on April 6th for middle schoolers, instead of the 5th because of the John Michael Montgomery concert. It will be held at the Memorial Auditorium. The Mom & Son Bowling Party will take place Friday, April 12th at Meadow Lanes Bowling Alley for moms and sons, 4 years old thru 5th grade. Register online or at the WRC. A Paintball Trip is planned for Saturday, April 27th for 6th-12th graders. Bus leaves from the WRC at 12:15 pm and returns at 5:30 pm. Marcine GoodrumAssistant SuperintendentWellington Recreation Commission620-326-3323www.wellingtonrec.com Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Rec Rap for April 1 to April 13:Get your tickets to see John Michael Montgomery in concert at the Grand Re-Opening of Memorial Auditorium this Friday, April 5th! General Admission and  Reserved Tickets are available at the Rec Center and the Chamber office.Sign up for Swim Team Stroke Refinement through the WRC. The pre-season training takes place thru Sunday, April 28th at the SW College Indoor Aquatic Center. A dance for middle schoolers, Spring Fling Dance will be held at the WRC on Saturday, April 13th. Spring Into Fitness at the Fitness Center! Buy a one month Membership and get the 2nd for 1/2 price. Valid thru April 30th. The 4th session of Goju-Ryu Karate will be held at the WRC Tuesdays and Saturdays, April 2nd-30th. Registrations are still open for the Recreational League of Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball with a late fee. Divisions include 9 & 10 year olds and 11 & 12 year olds.last_img read more

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