2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Slovakia vs England – UEFA Group F
Adam Lallana spares Sam Allardyce’s blushes with a late goal to give England a 1-0 win against Slovakia in their opening World Cup 2018 qualifier.
With the game deep into second half stoppage time and Allardyce looking like he would start he reign with a drab draw, up popped Lallana to smuggle the ball home and send England home a relieved team.
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MATCH FACTS AND SAMI MOKBEL’S PLAYER RATINGS
Kozacik 5; Pekarik 7, Skrtel 3.5, Durica 7.5, Hubocan 7; Pecovsky 6.5 (Gyomber 56 6), Gregus 6.5, Hamsik 7; Svento 6.5 (Kiss 78, 6), Mak 6.5 (Kubik 71), 6; Duris 6.5.
Unused subs: Novota, Pich, Povazanec, Sylvestr, Pauschek, Stetina, Dubravka.
Sent off: Skrtel
Manager: Jan Kozak 6.5
England (4-3-3): Hart 6.5, Walker 7, Cahill 7, Stones 7.5, Rose 6, Henderson 5.5 (Alli 64, 7), Dier 6.5, Sterling 6.5 (Walcott 70, 6), Rooney 6, Lallana 7, Kane 6 (Sturridge 82, 6).
Unused subs: Heaton, Smalling, Jagielka, Clyne, Drinkwater, Vardy, Antonio, McCarthy.
Goals: Lallana 90+2
Manager: Sam Allardyce 7
Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6.5
Ratings by Sami Mokbel