Poland had at least six chances to score of which four in the first half. Hodgson 4-2-4 formation was right on the night but only because of the Pole striker poor finishes and thanks to a learned deep defending tactics that at the end delivered the goods.
by Lucio Menin © Lucio Menin (October 15th 2013)
LONDON. Wembley Stadium. High tension at Wembley for this Group decider. Poland is not resigned to let Three Lions to go to Brazil easily.
So far it is an open game and electrifying game with many of chances so far from both sides.
Robert Lewandowski (twice) and Jakub Blaszczykowski had the chance to put Poland ahead before England would come back with passion and put heavy strain on the Poles.
Best chance for England was a shot from distance by Andros Townsend at 26′ with a long shot from 30 yards that dropped to hit the bar with Arsenal goalie Wojcech Szczesny almost saving it with a fantastic dive.
41′ GOAL for ENGLAND. Leighton Baines receives from Gary Cahill a Poland clearance and placed it early in the middle of the box where Welbeck and Rooney have run for the impact. It was down to the number 10 to have the honor to head down one of his best and most important goals for England.
45′ Poland equalises but the cheers and Polska-Polska chant from their magnificent twenty thousands was immediately repressed by the assistant referee’s offside flag. The imagines replay showed it was as marginal as the one instead allowed to stand to Montenegro’s Damjanovic on Friday’s match. In refereeing decision we know – you win some and lose some and this was the one that would have mattered.
60′ After the first half (16′) glorious 80 yards run with the ball popular Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was free again in front of Joe Hart freed by a clear ball through; this time perhaps he had a bad first touch but here he was again in front of the England goalie – who saved the result so far. Joe Hart however was ready to make a prompt exit off his line to stop the Borussia Dortmund striker’s touch.
71′ England is controlling the game and now Hodgson replaces Michael Carrick with Frank Lampard to improve it.
88′ GOAL for ENGLAND.. Steven Gerrard showed the great form he was when after an incredibly fought game he found the energies to transform a pass he promptly received from Jack Wilshere and trusted it through in the box in manner he used to do last decade and slotted past the outcoming Szczesny despite being fouled – simply magnificent
92′ Referee Damir Skomina blows the whistle for the plane to BRAZIL.
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