England lost their first Group I points
Poland equalized in stoppage time to rob England of three points in Warsaw and their sixth victory in a row in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
England looked on track to maintain that perfect order of results in European Group I and to take another giant leap towards Qatar after a moment of quality from Harry Kane put them in the lead when he attacked Poland’s goalkeeper 18 minutes from time Wojciech Szczesny sent.
Gareth Southgate’s side had played with commendable maturity to control Poland and a hostile crowd who had given their side thunderous support – but one minute turned into four minutes of stoppage time.
England had narrowed the great Polish striker Robert Lewandowski but he provided a perfect cross for substitute Damian Szymanski to rise above Luke Shaw at the far post and get past Jordan Pickford.
It was a bitter blow to England’s players, who dropped to their knees in disappointment after fighting so hard, but a draw doesn’t do too much damage and they are still in control of their own destiny.
The Three Lions are four points ahead of Group I with four games remaining.
England’s players were again loudly mocked when the Poland fans applauded their national anthem warmly when they went to their knees, boos drowned out after gestures from Szczesny and Lewandowski.
Kane confirms his class
Kane had a tumultuous summer unsettled at Spurs when speculation over a move to Manchester City accompanied his every step, but he is back to the old routine for England without breaking his course.
This was billed as the fight between Kane and his Polish opponent Lewandowski, but this was a game in which it was possible to simply enjoy two masters of their craft at work.
Kane grabbed the ball from 25 yards with 18 minutes remaining before proving he’s always the opportunist by showing an abrupt tee shot behind the deceived Szczesny.
It was his 41st goal for England, making him the country’s fifth highest international goalscorer and continuing an incredible record of goals in 15 consecutive World Cup and European Championship qualifiers.
He’s a determined leader and a class striker and Southgate and England have once again been grateful for the lead he has given them.
Kane’s goal may not have resulted in a win, but despite the painful finish here in Warsaw, one point is still an acceptable result.
England comes to a painful end
Everything went wrong for England in those chaotic final moments, but by the late Poland boom they had once again shown that they were developing and not suffered too much after-effects from the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on penalties.
Poland put England to the test with their intensity and physical effort, but Southgate’s side were strong and also had to deal with 56,212 spectators, all of which consisted of home games.
Every attack and moment of encouragement made a huge roar at this magnificent stadium, but England remained calm, save for a focal point at halftime when Harry Maguire and Kamil Glik were booked after the whistle after Poland’s Karol Linetty pinched Kyle Walker .
England wobbled late, Walker rushed to prepare for Poland’s equalization, the home side were rewarded for sticking to their task.
England’s players mocked again
This state-of-the-art Warsaw stadium is a great atmospheric arena, but once again the spotlight was on the crowd after England’s players were racially abused during their qualifying win in Hungary.
When England’s national anthem started playing it was received with some ridicule, but in gestures of great honor, former Arsenal keeper Szczesny appealed to the Polish fans responsible for stopping it while Lewandowski responded to the slogan ” Respect “pointed out on his jersey.
It had a remarkable effect when those few derisive laughter during the anthem turned into really warm applause from the vast majority of the crowd.
Unfortunately, that was not the case when England’s players went down on their knees, where they were again faced with a crescendo of boos.
The game itself was played in a loud, pulsating atmosphere and the cheers for the equalization were worthy of a winner – but the contradicting behavior before kick-off is once again put to the test.
Player of the game
- fifteenGlikBooked at 45 minutesReplaced byHelikat 80 ‘protocol
- 10KrychowiakBooked at 60 minutesReplaced bySzymanskiat 68 ‘protocolBooked at 90 minutes
- 7thJózwiakReplaced byFrankowskiat 80 ‘protocol
- 8thLinettyBooked at 79 minutes
- 23PuchaczBooked at 77 minutesReplaced byRybusat 80 ‘protocol
- 14thtrousersReplaced bySwiderskiat 63 ‘protocol
- 2Walking aid
- 6thMaguireBooked at 45 minutes
- 8thPhillipsBooked at 7 minutes
Game ends, Poland 1, England 1.
Second half ends, Poland 1, England 1.
Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michal Helik (Poland).
Damian Dawid Szymanski (Poland) is shown the yellow card for the cheers.
Target! Poland – England 1. Damian Dawid Szymanski (Poland) header from very close range at the bottom right. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Karol Linetty (Poland) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Attempt failed. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Supported by Jan Bednarek.
Harry Kane (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Damian Dawid Szymanski (Poland).
Attempt blocked. Declan Rice (England) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by Raheem Sterling.
Harry Kane (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Maciej Rybus (Poland).
Replacement, Poland. Maciej Rybus replaces Tymoteusz Puchacz.
Replacement, Poland. Przemyslaw Frankowski replaces Kamil Józwiak.
Replacement, Poland. Michal Helik replaces Kamil Glik due to injury.
Karol Linetty (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Harry Kane (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Karol Linetty (Poland).
Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Supported by Jack Grealish.