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Czech Republic 2-1 England: Visitors must wait to qualify for Euro 2020

Harry Kane

England must wait to confirm their place in Euro 2020 after the Czech Republic deservedly ended their 43-game unbeaten run in qualifiers stretching back 10 years.

Gareth Southgate's side would have secured their place in next summer's tournament with victory in Prague but they can have no complaints after a wretched display against a Czech side who were a different proposition from that swept aside 5-0 at Wembley in March.

England were handed the perfect start when captain Harry Kane put them ahead from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after Lukas Masopust fouled Raheem Sterling but they were well below their best and slumped to a bitterly disappointing defeat.

The Czechs were swiftly level when Jakub Brabec scored following a corner. England could not muster further inspiration and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek pounced to score the winner with four minutes left.

England were desperately poor throughout and were grateful to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who produced fine saves from Vladimir Coufal, Masopust and Alex Kral, while Czech counterpart Tomas Vaclik did well to deny Sterling and Kane.

They can put things right against Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday but this was a serious reality check for a side hoping to do great things next summer, losing a qualifier for the first time since they went down 1-0 to Ukraine on 10 October 2009.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Czech Rep

  • 1Vaclik
  • 5Coufal
  • 3Celustka
  • 4Brabec
  • 18Boril
  • 15Soucek
  • 21Kral
  • 20MasopustSubstituted forZmrhalat 90'minutes
  • 8Darida
  • 14JanktoBooked at 8minsSubstituted forKopicat 83'minutes
  • 19SchickSubstituted forOndrasekat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Reznik
  • 6Kudela
  • 7Krejci
  • 9Ondrasek
  • 10Husbauer
  • 11Krmencik
  • 12Kalvach
  • 13Kopic
  • 16Kolar
  • 17Zmrhal
  • 22Simic
  • 23Pavlenka

England

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Trippier
  • 5Keane
  • 6Maguire
  • 3RoseBooked at 10mins
  • 8HendersonBooked at 90mins
  • 4RiceSubstituted forAbrahamat 88'minutes
  • 10SanchoSubstituted forRashfordat 73'minutes
  • 11MountSubstituted forBarkleyat 72'minutes
  • 7SterlingBooked at 68mins
  • 9Kane

Substitutes

  • 12Alexander-Arnold
  • 13Pope
  • 14Chilwell
  • 15Gomez
  • 16Mings
  • 17Tomori
  • 18Winks
  • 19Barkley
  • 20Rashford
  • 22Henderson
  • 23Abraham
Referee:
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamCzech RepAway TeamEngland
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Czech Republic 2, England 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Czech Republic 2, England 1.

Attempt saved. Jan Kopic (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jaromir Zmrhal.

Booking

Jordan Henderson (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ross Barkley (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vladimír Darida (Czech Republic).

Harry Maguire (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zdenek Ondrasek (Czech Republic).

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Jaromir Zmrhal replaces Lukas Masopust.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Tammy Abraham replaces Declan Rice.

Goal!

Goal! Czech Republic 2, England 1. Zdenek Ondrasek (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Masopust.

Danny Rose (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Kral (Czech Republic).

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Jan Kopic replaces Jakub Jankto.

Corner, England. Conceded by Jan Boril.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (England) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a through ball.

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jan Boril (Czech Republic).

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Alex Kral (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Vladimír Darida.

Foul by Kieran Trippier (England).

Jakub Jankto (Czech Republic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Vladimír Darida (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Marcus Rashford replaces Jadon Sancho.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Ross Barkley replaces Mason Mount.

Booking

Raheem Sterling (England) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

Jakub Brabec (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Declan Rice.

Attempt saved. Jordan Henderson (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Zdenek Ondrasek replaces Patrik Schick.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Vladimir Coufal.

Foul by Harry Maguire (England).

Vladimir Coufal (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan Henderson (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Vladimír Darida (Czech Republic).

Foul by Mason Mount (England).

Vladimir Coufal (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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