Harry Kane’s Goal Earns England a Draw vs. Scotland in 2018 World Cup Qualifier
England and Scotland left it late to entertain their fans on Saturday, as three goals in the final minutes led to a 2-2 draw in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the Three Lions the lead in a rather dull match, but a quick double from Leigh Griffiths turned the match on its head. Captain Harry Kane earned England a late point.
Miguel Delaney of The Independent shared the teamsheet:
The oldest rivalry in international football often brings out the worst in some players, and ESPN FC’s Iain Macintosh noted Scott Brown seemed particularly eager to get started. Just a few minutes in, he was proved right:
It took him just over two minutes to get booked for a completely unnecessary challenge on Dele Alli, setting the tone for a rough afternoon fixture.
The feisty start was exactly what the hosts needed, however, and Scotland dominated the opening stages, pressing high and firing in plenty of crosses.
But their dominance didn’t result in chances, and as the half wore on, the Three Lions settled down. The first real look on goal was for Kane, who produced a fine turn past Kieran Tierney and should have done better than blast his shot over the bar.
The captain again went close after a lovely dribble move from Adam Lallana, but he failed with a backheel.
Radio City Talk’s Patrick Boyland still wasn’t impressed with the team:
A poor clearance from Craig Gordon led to chances for Kane and Marcus Rashford, but Scotland survived thanks to some poor finishing. England ended the half on top, but apart from a half-chance for Jake Livermore, Scotland’s defence gave away little space in the final minutes.
It wasn’t the most entertaining of contests:
England started the second half on the front foot, and five minutes in, Livermore struck the post after the Scots couldn’t clear the ball. On the other side of the pitch, Andrew Robertson’s shot cleared the crossbar.
Kane drew an excellent save from Gordon before Oxlade-Chamberlain finally broke the deadlock. Gordon really should have saved his powerful shot, per Boyland:
Brown perhaps should have been sent off for another clumsy foul on Alli straight after kick-off, but the official had mercy on the Scots. Lallana missed a golden opportunity to double the leader after more fine play from Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he badly missed with his header.
The Three Lions appeared to be on their way to a win, but there was plenty of late drama in store. Griffiths turned the 1-0 deficit into a one-goal lead in the span of minutes, netting two sensational free-kicks from similar positions.
BBC Sport’s Dan Walker couldn’t believe it:
And the match wasn’t over yet. With one of the final kicks of the ball, the Scottish defence forgot to mark Kane on a free-kick, and the Tottenham Hotspur man took the gift and turned it into an equaliser.
Slovenia beat Malta 2-0 in the other afternoon match, meaning England’s lead in Group F has now shrunk to just three points.