England crashes into the Hungarian ‘wall’
The ‘three lions’ continue to lead Group I: Stones tied the initial goal, from a penalty, from Sallai
One more point … and one less game. That is the most positive reading that England can draw 1-1 with Hungary. In the absence of two days, the ‘three lions’ are leaders of Group I with 20 points. We will have to wait for the outcome of the Albania-Poland match to ‘take into account’ … but a win against Albania or the weak San Marino could be enough to seal an automatic World Cup qualification.
Gareth Southgate, in any case, went looking for victory with an (almost) ultra-offensive eleven. He regrouped Foden, Mount, Sterling, Kane, and Grealish in the attack. However, as happened to Portugal, Germany or France at Euro 2020, he choked on the now usual defensive ‘wall’ erected by Marco Rossi.
At the start of the game, one occasion from England is hardly worth noting. Kane, who played a fairly low-key game, narrowly missed a big serve from Luke Shaw at 9 ‘.
Another of City’s five starters, Raheem Sterling, was 2-1 in the added first half. Gulácsi shot on goal and the former Liverpool player sent the rejection of the goal to the side of the net.
The same script continued on the restart. England moved the ball from side to side as if it were a handball match, but Hungary was not tormented by the possibility of being called ‘passive’.In fact, the first dangerous opportunity for the runner-up in Europe after the break was born, once again, in a play of strategy. Stones narrowly finished off Foden’s corner kick again.
The second, already in 70 ‘, was clearer and’ open ‘. Kane served a pass to the rear of the defense for Sterling, but Gulácsi narrowed well and left him barely room to shoot heads-up.
It could be even worse. Nagy stole Bukayo Saka’s wallet in 83 ‘, but Holender sent his shot high from inside the area. England, to tell the truth, also had another … but offside. Kane’s substitute Tammy Abraham headed deflected after a Luke Shaw cross in the 87th minute. Roma’s ‘9’ had no luck, he left injured in the addition, leaving his place to Watkins.
I said: the best thing for England is that they have one more point and one game less.