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  Tuesday, 10 September 2019
European Championship 2020 Group A qualification match


England 5 Kosovo 3 [5-1]
 

St. Mary's Stadium, Northam, Southampton, Hampshire
Kick-off (BST): 7.45pm
Attendance: 30,151

98 minutes 47:57 & 50:10 Bersant Celina kicked off Match Summary
England Squad
Kosovo Squad

[1-1] Raheem Sterling 8 7:12
 
headed in from 3 yards after Keane headed back a Barkley corner
[2-1] Harry Kane 19 18:40
 left-footed shot from the corner of the 6-yard box from a Sterling pass
[3-1] Mërgim Vojvoda 38 37:08
 Sancho's pass across the face of the goal put into his own goal from 3 yards

[4-1] Jadon Sancho 44 43:16
 struck in from corner of 6-yard box from a Sterling through-ball
[5-1] Jadon Sancho 45+1 45:43
 simple tap-in from 4 yards from another Sterling pass



 
Harry Kane 65
64:45
 powerful penalty to keepers right is saved

(foul on Barkley by Rrahmani 62:42; awarded 62:44).
[0-1] Valon Berisha 1 0:34
right-foot shot wide of Pickford from 16 yards after a Keane pass straight to Muriqi












[5-2] Valon Berisha 49 48:25
wrong-footed Henderson to right-foot shot wide of Pickford from 8 yards
[5-3] Vedat Muriqi 55 54:13
Placed to Pickford's left
(Muriqi fouled by Maguire 52:58, penalty awarded 52:59)
  Bernard Challandes 38
Basir Halimi 63 62:54
Leart Paqarada
65 64:24
Fidan Aliti 70 69:12
Valon Berisha 83 82:31
Anel Rashkaj 86 85:24
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle
 

Match Summary

Officials from Germany

England

Type

Kosovo
Referee (yellow) - Felix Zwayer
 38, (19 May 1981), West Berlin, FIFA-listed 2012.

 
Assistant Referees -
Thorsten Schiffner, 44 (14 May 1975), Konstanz, and Marco Achmüller, 39 (17 October 1979), Bad Füssing.

Fourth official - Christian Dingert, 39 (14 July 1980), Lebecksmühle, FIFA-listed 2013.

UEFA Delegate: Matthew Paris, Malta

14 Goal Attempts 8
9 Attempts on Target 3
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 0
1 Offside Calls Against 2
5 Fouls Conceded 9
58% Possession 42%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (25th July 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 10th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(20th captaincy, 19)
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 49 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
37th match, W 21 - D 9 - L 7 - F 69 - A 31.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 21 21 GA
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 20 7 October 1998 RB Liverpool FC 7 1
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22 21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC 8 0
4 Rice, Declan 20 14 January 1999 DRM West Ham United FC 5 0
5 Keane, Michael V. 26 11 January 1993 CD Everton FC 9 1
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26 5 March 1993 CD Manchester United FC 22 1
7 Sterling, Raheem S. 24 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RF Manchester City FC 53 10
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 29 17 June 1990 DLM Liverpool FC 53 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 26 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 41 26
10 Barkley, Ross, off 83rd min. 25 5 December 1993 AM Chelsea FC 31 4
11 Sancho, Jadon M., off 85th min 19 25 March 2000 LF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 8 2
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 Kosovo 3
18 Mount, Mason T., on 67th min. (82:56) for Barkley 20 10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC 2 0
21 Rashford, Marcus, on 85th min. (84:12) for Sancho 21 31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 34 7
result: England 5 Kosovo 3

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Tom Heaton, 14-Danny Rose, 15-Joe Gomez, 16-Tyrone Mings, 17-Harry Winks, 19-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20-James Maddison, 22-Nick Pope, 23-Callum Wilson.

records:

This is the 91st different opponent England have played against. 
Kosovo became the first team to score three away goals in a competitive international against England since Croatia in November 2007.
England have scored five goals in three different matches in 2019 - the first time they have done so that many times in a calendar year since 1960.
Jadon Sancho (19 years 169 days) became the youngest player to score more than once in a game for England since Wayne Rooney in June 2004 against Croatia (18 years 241 days).
England are unbeaten in their last 43 Euro/World Cup qualifying matches (W34 D9 L0), since losing 0-1 to Ukraine in October 2009.
Harry Kane becomes the sixth Englishman, after Ernest Needham (1901-02), Roger Byrne (1956), Franny Lee (1969), David Beckham (2003-04) and Frank Lampard (2006-10) to miss two penalty-kicks.
 
4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell -
Rice, Henderson -
Sterling, Barkley
(Mount), Sancho (Rashford) -
Kane

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.8 Appearances/Goals 23.5 3.7
 

Kosovo Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (25th July 2019) 120th
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating
=66th to 66th
Colours: 'Special Edition' Made by Fourteen - Mottled blue and black v-necked jerseys with blue/yellow trimmed collar and side trim, black sleeves with yellow cuffs, mottled blue and black shorts with yellow side stripe, blue socks with yellow trim.
Capt: Amir Rrahmani Manager: Bernard Challandes, 68 (26 July 1951 in Le Locle, Switzerland), appointed 2 March 2018,
fifteenth match, W 9 - D 5 - L 1 - F 33 - A 14.
Challandes cautioned in the 38th min for Dissent for protesting the third goal after one of his players was injured.
Kosovo Lineup
12 Murić, Arijanet A. 20 7 November 1988
born in Schlieren, Switzerland
G Nottingham Forest FC, England, on loan from Manchester City FC, England 7 0
2 Hadergjonaj, Florent 25 31 July 1994
born in Langnau, Switzerland
RB Huddersfield Town AFC, England 3 0
3 Aliti, Fidan 25 3 October 1993
born in Preshevë, Yugoslavia
CD Kalmar FF, Sweden 17 0
Aliti cautioned in the 70th min. for Foul. is tackle was late on Sancho as England were pressing forward.
13 Rrahmani, Amir K. 25 24 February 1994 CD Hellas Verona FC SpA, Italy 26 4
15 Vojvoda, Mërgim 24 1 February 1995 LB Royal Standard de Liège, Belgium 21 1
8 Halimi, Besar 24 12 December 1994
born in Frankfurt, Germany
RDM Brøndbyernes IF, Denmark 21 1
Halimi cautioned in the 64th min. for Dissent after complaining to the referee for the awarding of an England penalty. Suspended.
4 Voca, Idriz N., off 59th min. 22 15 May 1997
born in Stans, Switzerland
LDM FC Luzern, Switzerland 9 0
14
Berisha, Valon, off 85th min. 26 7 February 1993
born in Malmö, Sweden
RM SS Lazio SpA. Italy 17 2
Berisha cautioned in the 83rd min. for Dissent, after complaining to the referee when a tussle with Sterling went England's way.
9 Celina, Bersant E. 23 9 September 1996 AM Swansea City AFC, Wales 17 2
10 Muslija, Florent, off 46th min. 21 6 July 1998
born in Achern, Germany
LM Hannoverscher Sportverein von 1896, Germany 2 0
18 Muriqi, Vedat 25 24 April 1994 CF Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 22 7
Kosovo Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 Kosovo 1
19 Paqarada, Leart S., on 46th min. for Muslija 25 10 August 1994
born in Bremen, Germany
LB SV Sandhausen 1916 eV, Germany 18 1
Paqarada cautioned in the 65th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for persistently encroaching into the penalty area during the penalty kick.
scoreline: England 5 Kosovo 3
6 Rashkaj, Anel, on 59th min. (58:28) for Voca 30 19 August 1989 LDM AFC Eskilstuna, Sweden 7 0
Rashkaj cautioned in the 86th min. for Foul. As England were on the attack, Rashkaj made a blatant foul on Mount on the half-way line.
7 Hasani, Florent, on 85th min. (84:45) for Bersiha 22 30 March 1997 M Diósgyőr-Vasgyári Testgyakorlók Köre, Hungary 1 0
result: England 5 Kosovo 3

unused substitutes:

1-Samir Ukjani, 5-Ibrahim Drešević, 11-Elbasan Rashani, 16-Yisar Bekaj, 20-Mirlind Kryeziu, 21-Atdhe Nuhiu, 22-Edon Zhegrova, 23-Bernard Berisha.

team notes:

Captain Amir Rrahmani becomes the most-capped Kosovian player.
Vedat Muriqi's penalty makes him his nations top goal scorer equal with Arbër Zeneli.
This defeat ended Kosovo's fifteen-match unbeaten run.
Valon Berisha played for Norway against England in May 2012.
 
4-2-3-1 Muric -
Hadergjonaj, Aliti, Rrahmani, Vojvoda -
Halimi, Voca
(Rashkaj) -
Berisha
(Hasani), Celina, Muslija (Paqarada) -
Muriqi

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.6 Appearances/Goals 14.7 1.3

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Wow, what a match this turned out to be!  It has been a number of years since England took a competitive match away from Wembley, but the south coast venue of St Mary’s in Southampton, provided a real thriller.  It could certainly be compared to Clint Eastwood’s famous western, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!’ as the England fans, once again, were taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Let’s take ‘The Ugly’ first.  Less than a minute into the match Michael Keane passed the ball square, forgetting for a moment he was playing in a white shirt, and gave it straight to the blue shirted Vedat Muriqi.  The Kosovan quickly laid the ball off to Valon Berisha, who jubilantly accepted the gift and fired past Jordan Pickford.  The Kosova supporters in the crowd went wild with delight, not quite believing what they had seen….like the rest of us.  After that, and for the next 44 minutes, we moved on to ‘The Good’.

The game was fast and furious with both sides trying to press and close people down.  This was all very well but at both ends it left gaps at the back.  England started to exploit those gaps with some super football.  The front players, especially Raheem Sterling, were quick to break and the Kosovo defenders were as exposed as England’s were.  In the 8th minute England won a corner on the right.  Ross Barkley took it, deep to the far side of the area.  In came Keane, to atone for his earlier blemish, to head the ball back across goal.  Sterling was there and jumped high to head a fine equaliser from close range.

England had a lot of the possession over the next ten minutes but had to be alert to the threat of Kosovo, who did play some excellent football when in possession.  However, it was England that had now gained the initiative and on 19 minutes they took the lead with an excellent goal.  This time Sterling turned provider.  Receiving possession just inside the Kosovo half, he turned the visiting captain, Amir Rrahmani, and set off on a scintillating sprint.  When he reached the area he laid the ball to his left where Harry Kane does what he does best, drilling a left-foot shot under the goalkeeper to give his side the lead.  It was a fabulous break and a fine goal.

Both teams were looking to break at speed, as a result, the game was fast and open, and another England goal followed after 38 minutes.  There was a challenge on the right touchline by Trent Alexander-Arnold and the ball broke free for Jadon Sancho to spring down the right.  The Kosovo manager was going ballistic screaming for a foul by Alexander-Arnold, but England played on with Keane and Kane combining to send Sancho away.  When Sancho reached the byeline he centred hard and low, and the unfortunate Mergim Vojvoda could not get out of the way and diverted the ball into his own net.  It was comical to see the ‘alleged’ victim of Alexander-Arnold’s ‘foul’ then jump up immediately to vociferously lead the protests against the goal, before then going down again on realising he was supposed to be injured.  The Swiss Coach was cautioned for his protests.

That wasn’t the end of ‘The Good’ as before the break England scored two more goals as Kosovo gave up on their defending.  In the 44th minute Sterling was again at the heart of the attack, laying the ball off to Sancho coming in from the right.  The youngster took one touch and fired his shot home, giving the goalkeeper no chance.  It was Sancho’s first goal for his country, but that was quickly followed by another a minute later.  This time Sterling completed a hat-trick of assists by sprinting down the left, after a brilliant touch first took him past a defender.  As he reached the six-yard box he sort of tried to chip the keeper, scuffed it a little, and in so doing set up Sancho for an easy tap-in from a yard out.  What an amazing half it had been and if anyone had believed that England would be 5-1 up at the break after going a goal down in less than minute, they would have been lying.

At the start of the second-half Alexander-Arnold found himself in the Kosovo penalty area and he managed to fire in a left-foot shot which goalkeeper Arjanet Muric patted away to save.  England then reverted back to ‘The Ugly’ again.  This time it was Declan Rice who gave the ball away badly in midfield.  Muriqi again gained possession and centred deep where Berisha was standing unmarked and free.  The cross had cleared Jordan Henderson’s head and as the England player tried to challenge again, Berisha coolly side-stepped the Liverpool man before planting a fine shot past Pickford.  It was a really well-taken goal, but oh, such woeful defending again.  Surely there was no way back for Kosovo?  Yes, because I haven’t mentioned ‘The Bad’ yet.

To be fair the visitors had no intentions of giving up and they were playing some fine football at times, and had England genuinely rattled.  Six minutes later Muriqi tussled with Harry Maguire, and as the England defender went down his foot caught Muriqi who threw himself headlong as though he had been shot!  The referee gave a penalty, which it probably was, but was there any need for such a theatrical performance by Muriqi.  The big man took the spot-kick himself and although Pickford got both hands to the ball he couldn’t keep it out.  Now it was everything to play for.  From that point on we saw a little of Good, Bad and Ugly from England, but in the main they still had the better of things.  On 62 minutes England were awarded a penalty.  Barkley, who improved as the game moved on, went on a powerful run forward and as he reached the area he drew a challenge from Rrahmani and went down.  Penalty, said the referee.  Now, all the talk since the previous Saturday had been in the fact that maybe Harry Kane was the best penalty taker in the world.  He was so clinical.  Not this time, sadly, as Muric dived to his right to save, what was, a much weaker penalty than we are used to seeing from Kane.  It just proves he is human I guess.

England still had the bulk of possession and when Kane fed Sterling in the 72nd minute it looked odds on a sixth goal.  This time though Muric spread himself at Sterling’s feet and just managed to deflect the ball wide with his shins.  Two minutes later, after more end to end football, another Sterling effort was deflected agonisingly wide by a defender’s desperate lunge.  The game continued in its breathless manner with both sides stretching the other’s defences.  Barkley and Sancho went off, replaced by Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford, and immediately the two new arrivals combined for Rashford’s shot to be saved well by the goalkeeper.  As if not to be outdone Kosovo came straight back when Bersanr Celina did brilliantly to cut in and fire a curler inches wide of Pickford’s far post.

That turned out to be the last action in a terrific and entertaining game where The Good finally triumphed over The Bad and The Ugly.  All credit to Kosovo who really tested England to the full.  But also credit to England, especially their attack.
    
    

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
 
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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