With each team playing their final match before the World Cup begins in November, the first half didn’t see many chances for either side. It was hardly a preview of what was to come.
The scoring started in the second half, as Ilkay Gundogan converted a penalty in the 52nd minute after VAR judged Harry Maguire to have fouled Jamal Musiala. Kai Havertz doubled the visitors’ lead in the 67th minute with a lovely curling shot from range.
Luke Shaw got the comeback started for England in the 72st minute, goal-line technology alerting the ref that his shot had crossed the line. If only goal-line technology had been available when these teams met at the 2010 World Cup. Mason Mount leveled the game just three minutes later with a fantastic one-time finish.
England weren’t done yet though, as Harry Kane completed the turnaround with a goal scored from the spot in the 83rd minute after Nico Schlotterbeck was shown by VAR to have fouled Jude Bellingham in the box.
England were on course for a famous come-from-behind victory until the 87th minute, when Nick Pope spilled a speculative shot from Serge Gnabry and Havertz was there to fire home for his second goal.
England have now gone six straight matches without a win (3D 3L) for the first time since 1993, but there are plenty of positives for Gareth Southgate to take from this performance. England ended their non-penalty goal drought before it reached six full matches, something that needed to happen before the World Cup.
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Publish date : 2022-09-26 21:38:00