England 1 v Czech Republic 0

Raheem Sterling’s goal was enough to cement England’s position at the top of their group table as the Three Lions get set for the next stage of their Euro 2020 campaign.

Sterling, in the 12th minute, broke open the scoreline as the Manchester City player headed the ball into the back of the net.

Jordan Henderson almost put an additional goal on the England scoreline, in the 86th minute, but his goal was disallowed.

Sterling gave England their first chance of the game, in the second minute, as Luke Shaw lofted a throughball behind the Czech’s backline and as Vaclík came out to stop the one-one-one, Sterling chipped the ball goalwards. However, it bounced off the goals left post and back into play.

Regardless, it only took another 10 minutes before Sterling found his breakthrough, in the 12th minute. Bukayo Saka crossed the ball into the box from the right byline but it was too heavy. Fortunately, Jack Grealish was able to keep the attack alive and found Harry Kane in the box. However, the Tottenham striker passed it back to Grealish who crossed the ball back into the box from the left byline and met the head of Sterling, who headed it home.

At the first quarter of the game, England looked to be the stronger side as they obtained 60% of the ball possession and made four shots on goal, two on target, compared to the Czech’s zero shots.

In the 26th minute, Kane collected the ball from a fantastic throughball by English defender, Harry Maguire. The Tottenham striker, cut back and attempted to slot the ball into the bottom right corner but Vaclík was able to get his hand to it.

Three minutes later, in the 29th minute, the Republic had one of their best chances in the first half. After a Czech corner kick, the ball became loose in the center of the box but Tomas Soucek was unable to knock the ball past Jordan Pickford, amongst a pack of English defenders.

Before the second half got underway, both sides decided to make a halftime substitution. Jordan Henderson came on for Declan Rice (England) while Jakub Jankto made way for Petr Ševčík (Czech).

Jan Bořil became the games first booking after he made a hard challenge on Saka, in the 61st minute.

This was later followed with a double substitution for the visitors as Vladimir Darida and Lukáš Masopust made way for Alex Král and Adam Hložek, in the 65th minute. England followed suit, two minutes later, as Sterling and Grealish made way for Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham.

More substitutions ensued as the Czech’s made their fourth sub of the game, in the 75th minute, as Tomáš Pekhart came on for Patrik Schick. This was followed by England, four minutes later as Stones came off for Jerome Mings.

Both sides made their final changes in the 84th minute as Saka made way for Jadon Sancho (England) and Tomáš Holeš came off for Matěj Vydra (Czech).

Halftime substitution, Henderson, finally scored his first goal for the Three Lions as he managed to slot the ball past Vaclík, in the 86th minute. However, it was found the Liverpool player was clearly offside when the ball was played to him by Bellingham, in the center of the box.

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