Poland 1-1 England: Player ratings as Poles grab stoppage-time equaliser

A long-range strike from Harry Kane was not enough to England victory over Poland in Warsaw, with the hosts grabbing a stoppage-time equaliser to end the Three Lions’ 100% winning record in World Cup qualifying.

That strike / Michael Regan/Getty Images

The game got off to an intense start with tackles flying in from both teams right from the off. Kalvin Phillips picked up an early yellow card for England as they struggled with their build-up play.

The first real opening came on the half-hour mark when Robert Lewandowski exchanged a neat one-two, but could not quite make contract with the return pass inside the box.

The contest continued to be feisty and after the half-time whistle was blown, various players from each team were involved in an on-field fracas for which Harry Maguire and Kamil Glik were shown yellow cards.

After the break, England improved. Jack Grealish went close within minutes while Harry Maguire slammed a header against the post with 30 minutes left to play. Meanwhile, Poland only threatened occasionally with Lewandowski largely starved of the ball.

After the goal England had a scare when Jordan Pickford blasted a clearance straight into an onrushing striker. Luckily he was able to recover the ball before it crossed the line.

In second-half stoppage time, Poland would score with Jakub Moder turning Kyle Walker beautifully and crossing into the box. Although the resulting shot was blocked, the ball then fell to Lewandowski, who crossed for Damian Szymanski to head home a dramatic equaliser.

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