England played out a 1-1 draw with Poland tonight in Warsaw in what was a crunch match at the top of Group I in World Cup qualifying. Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 finalists remain top of the group with 16 points from a maximum 18, while Poland moved to 11 points but dropped to third place as they ended the Three Lions’ perfect record in the battle for the one automatic qualifying spot to reach Qatar next year.
England won 2-1 when the sides met at Wembley back in March, thanks to Harry Maguire’s late winner, but it was Poland who struck late this time, Damian Szymanski heading an equaliser in stoppage time to cancel out Harry Kane’s long-range opener.
With Robert Lewandowski – injured six months ago – restored to the Polish line-up as captain, this always looked set to be a different kind of encounter, and the Bayern Munich striker in fact provided the assist for Szymanski in the final moments, as a raucous Warsaw crowd roared in celebration to cap off a feisty affair.
Follow all the fallout from the game at the National Stadium below, live.
England vs Poland: Five things we learned as Three Lions denied win after late equaliser
England were denied a win in Poland after conceding a late equaliser in Warsaw in World Cup qualifying.
Harry Kane struck a swerving effort from around 25 yards to beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before substitute Damian Szymanski scored a header at the back post in the 92nd minute to end England’s 100 per cent record in qualifying.
Here are five things we learned:
Poland 1-1 England: Damian Szymanski heads in 92nd-minute equaliser as Three Lions drop first points in World Cup qualifying
Reaction from Harry Kane
Damian Szymanski denies England at the death as Poland salvage point
Fresh from back-to-back 4-0 victories against Hungary and Andorra, the Three Lions rounded off their September triple-header by heading to Warsaw for what was always going to be their toughest Group I assignment.
Harry Kane had fired the Three Lions in front.
England and Harry Kane denied as Sebastian Szymanski’s late header earns Poland a point
England drop their first points of the campaign, as Damian Szymanski raises the roof.
A match that Poland had creditably turned into a battle ended with an explosion, the substitute scoring a stoppage-time equaliser to make it 1-1 and ensure Gareth Southgate’s side had failed to win a qualifying game for the first time since October 2019.
Poland 1-1 England: A late equaliser saw the points shared but the Three Lions retain control of Group I after avoiding defeat in Warsaw
Even with that draw England remain at the top of Group I. They have a four point lead over Albania in second place with games against Andorra and San Marino to come.
Kane scores again
Harry Kane’s goal tonight was his 41st for England. He moves above Michael Owen on the England all-time goalscorers list.
The goal was also only the second time Kane has scored outside the penalty box for England with the other one coming against Nigeria in June 2018.
Heartbreaking for England
The equaliser came in the 92nd minute of the game.
Poland 1 - 1 England
A bruising, testing game ends in a draw at the Narodowy Stadium as England have to settle for a point. A blinding finish from Harry Kane put England in front with 20 minutes or so to go but substitute Damian Szymanski scored his first international goal to give Poland an equaliser and keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Full-time: Poland 1 - 1 England
90+4 mins: It’s over! The points are shared in Poland.
GOAL! Poland 1 - 1 England (Szymanski, 90+2’)⚽️
90+2 mins: No they can’t. Poland work the ball down the left side and it comes Moder who expertly spins away from Walker to get the ball into the box. He gives it to Lewandowski who hangs the ball in the air. Szymanski rises above Shaw meets the cross and heads it into the bottom corner! Great goal!
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