England progressed to the semi-final stage of the Nations League after they secured a 2-1 comeback triumph over Croatia at the Wembley Stadium. The Three Lions had found themselves trailing before the hour mark after Andrej Kramaric opened the scoring for Zlatko Dalic’s side but they managed to make a dramatic comeback with Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane converting their efforts in the final quarter of the game.
Two things we learned:
England redeem themselves versus Croatia: The Three Lions had the better opportunities on goal during the first period but some poor finishing meant that the scores were level at the break. Thereafter, the visitors took a surprise lead in the 57th minute and it appeared deja-vu from their experience in the 2018 World Cup semi-final. However, this time around the Three Lions managed to come from behind and some shrewd substitutions helped in the progress with Jesse Lingard coming off the bench to bag the key equaliser before Kane’s match-winner. The triumph was the country’s second successive one against an elite nation at the competitive stage and this should hold them good when they prepare for the competition’s finals next summer.
Harry Kane returning to his best form: England’s skipper Harry Kane was fundamental towards the country’s surprise 3-2 win over Spain earlier last month where he contributed a couple of assists. However, against Croatia, Kane was pretty much anonymous during the first hour of the game but he made amends in the final 15 minutes where he contributed towards Jesse Lingard’s leveller before netting the winning strike from close range after a fine delivery from Ben Chillwell. Kane had gone through a lean patch following the World Cup which many had attributed to fatigue, but those doubts have surely been put to bed after his exploits on Sunday, which have taken the Three Lions one step closer to potential silverware.
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