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Dramatic Leigh Griffiths double secures England draw

Saturday, 10 June 2017


2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Scotland 2-2 England
Saturday, 10 June 2017, kick-off 5pm 
Hampden Park, Glasgow


Scotland: Griffiths (87, 90)

England: Oxlade-Chamberlain (70), Kane (91)

 

Scotland drew 2-2 with England after a heart-stopping end to a memorable game at Hampden Park.

 

Oxlade-Chamberlain put England in front before two astonishing Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in quick succession gave Scotland a 2-1 lead after 90 minutes

 

In the dying moments, the dreams of a win were crushed when Harry Kane hammered the ball home at the back post.

 

Two changes were made from the side that defeated Slovenia 1-0 in March with Christophe Berra and Ikechi Anya replacing Russell Martin and James Forrest.


 

As the teams walked out in the Hampden sunshine, there was a feverish anticipation with the crowd rocking the stadium to its very core.

 

Scotland were the definition of motivated and started strongly. Scott Brown picked up an early yellow card for a robust challenge on Dele Alli.

 

Leigh Griffiths went closest for Scotland in the first half stinging Hart’s gloves with a shot from distance.

 

England’s first chance arrived after 17 minutes when Harry Kane blazed the ball over the bar.

 

They visitors were close to taking the lead after 27 minutes when Craig Gordon headed the ball clear and Harry Kane lobbed him but Kieran Tierney was on the line to save Scotland’s blushes.

 

With five minutes left in the half, England again went close through Adam Lallanna who smashed Gordon’s side netting.

 

At the break the scores were level and England went close at the start of the second half when a Jake Livermore cross took a wicked deflection and smacked the woodwork.

 

Scotland had a chance after 57 minutes when Robertson had space outside the box but sent the ball over the bar. Armstrong then followed suit and smashed a chance skyward.

 

England made Scotland pay for not hitting the back of the net and did so themselves when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain jinked inside the box from a throw-in and smashed beyond Craig Gordon.

 

 

As the game neared to an end Leigh Griffiths scored his first goal for Scotland with an incredible free-kick from outside the box which rocketed into the corner of the net.

 

Three minutes later Scotland had another free-kick in a similar position and Leigh Griffiths rattled the ball into the net once again sending Hampden into euphoria.

 

It didn’t last for long though as England launched everything at Scotland and scored in the dying seconds with Harry Kane hammering home at the back post.

 

Scotland | Gordon, Tierney, Robertson, Berra, Mulgrew, Morrison (McArthur, 45), Armstrong, Brown (Captain), Griffiths, Snodgrass (Fraser, 65), Anya (Chris Martin, 81).

 

Substitutes: Marshall, Naismith, Bannan, Fletcher, Russell Martin, Hamilton, Cairney, Reynolds

 

England | Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Dier, Cahill, Smalling, Rashford (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 64), Livermore, Kane (Captain), Dele, Lallana

 

Substitutes: Trippier, Forster, Lingard, Gibson, Stones, Jones, Defoe, Sterling, Cresswell, Heaton, Butland

 

Attendance: 48,520


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