Czech Rep vs England
European Qualifiers Group A
7:45pm Friday 11th October
As Czech Republic came from behind to win A England suffered their first defeat in 10 years
Amount at 1-1 following a sloppy performance, England were penalized by 30-year-old Czech debutant and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek, that switched low and traumatized by 10 yards to stun Gareth Southgates side (85).
England had taken an early lead through Harry Kanes punishment after Raheem Sterling was triggered (5), however the Czechs reacted immediately through Jakub Brabec, turning upward at the back post following suspect England defending in a corner (9).
The visitors had been under par in the first half, failing to create some opportunities and permitting from set-pieces to the Czechs, and though they improved after the break, England left to Ondraseks winner.
Defeat means England and Czech Republic are level on points with Kosovo, on very top of Group A four things behind, although A win would have sent England into Euro 2020.
Was faultless defensively prior to the 5-3 triumph over Kosovo last month in Qualifiers, the most chaos in the defence of England lasted in Prague.
However, it began perfectly. Checking back at lightning pace in the box, Sterling was triggered by Lukas Masopust, allowing Kane to slot from the penalty spot.
There have been murmurs of discontent from then on, although the travelling England fans were in fine voice. 38 per cent of goals conceded by England under Southgate are from set-pieces (12/32), the latest coming in the corner since Ondrej Celustkas capitalised on Michael Keanes slip to locate Brabec to bundle home from close range.
England did not react, and nor did they hear from the ball from their mistakes. Soucek rose above Declan Rice within an move however Schick this time turned out by a tight angle, as England conceded over 10 shots from the first half of a match for just the second time at 78 matches.
Like the 40 regions, England did not seem on the globe above their opponents in the FIFA world rankings. While Rice and the two Jordan Henderson routinely dropped their move most of the first half has been played in front of the Czech defence, Sterling was forced wide and deep.
After the breakup, the passing of England emulated the first half, before Kanes fine through ball found Sterling one-on-one, just to be obstructed by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik since he seemed to around him.
Masopust then pressured Jordan Pickford save in variety, and Southgate began altering things up with 18 minutes remaining Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley substituted Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount.
On his very first start, Mounts 72 minutes were nice. At the time of his death he had the highest pass precision in the opposition half (87.5), the most key passes (2), but won just over a third of his duels andd only 27 rolls.
The winner came from poor England as Masopusts cut back found Ondrasek unmarked, letting him drive low to Pickfords left with a controlled effort, defending. Tammy Abraham has been released to rescue the day, however the day was one.
Defeat seemed unthinkable given in qualifying ahead of the match England album, but their lack of course ends nothing that was warranted. They will be forced to sweat to create next summers tournament in a group that could become cluttered.
England go to Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday night at 7.45pm, which you can follow SkySports.com and the Sky Sports program, while Czech Republic sponsor Northern Ireland in a friendly on Monday at 6pm, live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event.