England got a great result in Switzerland tonight, as they beat a decent home side with two second half goals from Danny Welbeck, and both of England’s goals were well worked quick breakaways. The win gets England off to a good start in their Euro 2016 group – and it was the third straight clean sheet for the Three Lions.
Danny Welbeck scores England’s first goal
England should really have been ahead at half time, but we missed two good chances to go ahead in the game,
First Danny Welbeck was straight though on the right wing – and with Rooney and the impressive Sterling waiting for the ball in the penalty box, Welbeck’s final cross was way off target and alluded both of them – the Arsenal striker really should have done better.
And then from a Wayne Rooney corner, Phil Jones had a clear header on goal from just six yards out, and although he headed the ball down well, the Swiss goalkeeper made a great save.
In the second half, Switzerland started to come at England and gain more control of the game, and the England defense was under increasing pressure, with Joe Hart outstanding in the England goal, and in this match he had two fantastic saves that kept England in the game.
England scored a great breakaway after 58 minutes despite all the pressure they had been under, as Rooney picked the ball up from defense and moved forward quickly, and he moved the ball out to Sterling on the left wing and the Liverpool man put in an inch perfect low cross across the box for Danny Welbeck, who hit the ball first time into the back of the net.
It’s the type of goal that will be used in coaching films as an example of how to break quickly from defense and catch the opposition short at the back.
And after 70 minutes it looked like ??? would score as he was straight through and rounded Joe Hart but as he wept the ball – seemingly into the back of the net – somehow Cahill got back to make a clearance off the line – a fantastic bit of defending from the Chelsea center-back.
And after 76 minutes Switzerland – who were coming at England for the equalizer hit the cross-bar.
England were giving the ball away far too easily after going ahead, as the Swiss pressed forward almost continuously, and this is something Roy Hodgson can get the lads to improve on in future games.
And would you believe it, but in the five minutes of added time another quick England breakaway down the right wing, and Ricky Lambert slotted the ball through to Welbeck who hit the back of the net to put the result beyond any doubt.
This was a very decent performance from England and a great result, and they seemed much improved from last week’s performance at Wembley, when we were lucky to neat Norway 1-0.
In the two other games in England’s qualifying group tonight, Estonia beat Slovenia 1-0 and Lithuania won 2-0 in San Marino.
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