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09.06.2019 Football News

England Beat Switzerland On Penalties To Secure Third Place In Nations League

By Wires
England Beat Switzerland On Penalties To Secure Third Place In Nations League
JUN 9, 2019 FOOTBALL NEWS

Jordan Pickford scored and saved a penalty kick as England won the UEFA Nations League third-place play-off in a shootout against Switzerland.

England had the better of the opportunities and should have disposed of a limited Switzerland side long before a penalty shootout, with the woodwork struck no fewer than four times, but they got the job done in the end.

Harry Kane returned to the line-up, with seven changes made to the team that lost to Netherlands. The Tottenham Hotspur striker could have opened the scoring within just two minutes, hitting the bar with a cheeky chip.

Raheem Sterling was presented with a couple of golden opportunities, with a late Callum Wilson goal ruled out for a pull. Sterling then crashed a freekick off the crossbar in extra time, sending the match to penalties.

It was in the shootout that Pickford made himself the hero, first scoring a penalty kick before saving from Josip Drmic, giving England the bronze medal in the inaugural Nations League.

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