England and Germany put on a show, this Monday night in the League of Nations, in a match without a bet. But the two teams could not decide (3-3).
Wembley began vibrating to the sound of a moving “God Save the King”, then a deafening minute of silence, to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, who died on September 8. The England team did not welcome the disappearance of the Queen in the best of cases, ending this League of Nations campaign without success and therefore with relegation to League B.
At least he fought a tough battle, uncertain until the end, against Germany, who had nothing left to play for, already excluded from the Final Four. The Mannschaft continued to dominate the first half, but without many ideas, nor will they really, like Ilkay Gündogan’s blows, after a poor recovery by Nick Pope (11th), and Joshua Kimmich (45th + 2), not framed.
This is how the Three Lions roared intermittently, in some quick transitions, such as in this superb ball by Eric Dier for Raheem Sterling, who missed Marc-André ter Stegen (25th), before being shot down by the FC Barcelona goalkeeper (44th ). ). Or in this beautiful off-centre volley by Harry Kane (27).
England overturned everything in twelve minutes before being retaken
Only, the German dominance materialized quickly after the break. Harry Maguire lost a ball after his duel against dribbler Jamal Musiala, committing a serious foul in the box. The penalty was converted from the left by Papa Gündogan (52nd). Then, after deflected shots by Jude Bellingham (56th), Niklas Süle (60th) and Timo Werner (62nd), Kai Havertz, only 18 meters away, curved his shot for 2-0 (67th).
But the English overturned everything in 12 minutes, under the impetus of Bukayo Saka, the starter (66th). First it was Luke Shaw who lowered the mark, only at the far post (71st), then Saka served Mason Mount in the area, which he equalized with a sudden shot (75th). Finally, Kane converted a penalty after Nico Schlotterbeck’s late intervention on Bellingham (83rd).
This game, which had gone haywire, was not going to be a winner at the end, as Serge Gnabry’s seemingly innocuous shot was badly deflected by Pope, an unlucky replacement for Jordan Pickford, and Havertz scored twice (87). While England regained their efficiency, scoring for the first time in a game in this Nations League, they worried defensively. Finally, France will not be the only great team to arrive in Qatar, in less than two months, with few certainties.