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England takes bronze

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England was most effective on penalties and is third in the League of Nations

In the game to reach third and fourth place in the first edition of the League of Nations England was stronger in a meeting that had to go to the penalty shootout.

The Brits sent the ball four times, but Jordan Pickford not only defended … but even scored for England.

This is a game that nobody wants to play … and once again it was so in Guimarães, with the reduced pace and without interest, the only moments of interest of the first part belonged to Gareth Southgate’s team.

A Harry Kane ‘hat’ on the crossbar after Yann Somm bypass, two Raheem Sterling flops and Dele Alli’s dangerous header sum up danger lines for England.

The Swiss, however, did their best to make a few shots out of the penalty area and a play with Haris Seferovic firing into a corner by Harry Maguire.

In the second half, Switzerland and England played a bit more freed and the game gained some emotion. On 55 minutes, the post returned to assist Sommer, after a bypass from Schar, and Pickford defended a bomb from Granit Xhaka.

And after that, we returned to the rhythm of the first part, until, in the 84 minutes, the VAR came into action. Callum Wilson scored in a rebound,
but after seeing the play on the screen Ovidiu Hategan saw a foul on Akanji and nullified the goal.

No goals in regulation time followed the extension that was nothing different. It followed the great penalties with Jordan Pickford like the main figure. He scored a penalty well, and defended the last shot, Drmic, giving the win to the English.

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