By Michael Benson
11th October 2019,
England were beaten 2-1 by the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday night, ending the Three Lions’ 43-game unbeaten run in European Championship and World Cup qualifiers.
Victory would have secured Euro 2020 qualification for Gareth Southgate’s side and the final step to the tournament started perfectly.
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Raheem Sterling checked back inside the Czech penalty area before being felled by Lukas Masopust.
Captain Harry Kane, who missed from the spot in the win over Kosovo at St Mary’s, confidently sent Tomas Vaclik the wrong way to open the scoring with five minutes gone.
But, just as in the eight-goal thriller last time out, England were susceptible at the back, the hosts equalising soon after Kane’s effort.
Jakub Brabec was on hand to bundle the ball over the line from a corner moments after Pickford had made a superb save to keep out Vladimir Coufal’s drive.
The Czech Republic hit the front late on – a fairy-tale moment for substitute Zdenek Ondrasek, the 30-year-old finishing with aplomb on his long-awaited international debut.
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