Thursday, February 22, 2024

Nations League – England 0-0 Switzerland (6-5 Pens)

England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties after a frustrating 120 minutes of football. Southgate’s men created chance after chance but just could not find the back of the net during the match. However, they eventually claimed the bronze medals with yet another impressive penalty shootout display.

The game saw England pretty much dominate from the off, but fail to find the target. In the first half, we watched as Raheem Sterling missed two great chances right in front of goal, Dele Alli missed a great opportunity with his head and Harry Kane hit the bar.

England sneak through on penalties

England Harry Kane

The second half followed in a similar vein, again with Sterling missing a couple of great chances and Kane failing to find the net. England did eventually score in the 85th minute through sub Callum Wilson, but just as it was on Thursday, a late winner was chalked out by VAR.

In extra-time, the trend of England dominating but failing to take their chances continued. Sterling came close with a free-kick, but ultimately, the game went down to penalties. Some great penalties from either side made it tense… including the pick of the bunch from Jordan Pickford! He was the hero with the gloves too as he saved the final penalty from Drmic.

Some say these games are pointless, me included. However, England played well today and got some competitive penalties practice. Today’s game was a positive experience for me – as well as a decent game.

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