No winner in the Battle of Britain: England and Scotland drew at London’s Wembley Stadium. The underdogs from the north of Great Britain even had the best chance of scoring.
It’s the 63rd minute, Liverpool star Andrew Robertson hits a corner kick from the right into the English penalty area. Grant Hanley is lurking at the second post, soars into the air and heads the ball towards goal. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is already beaten, but full-back Reece James is able to make a last-ditch save on the goal line.
It was Scotland’s best chance to win the Battle of Britain. The underdogs drew 0-0 with hosts and favorites England at Wembley Stadium in London. The Bravehearts now have a sensational chance of reaching the knockout phase in their final group match against Croatia (Tuesday, 9 p.m. in the live ticker at t-online).
Here’s how England fared against Scotland (0:0)
No winner in the “Battle of Britain” – and yet a loser by the name of England: The European Championship co-favorites did not get beyond a disappointing 0:0 in the prestigious duel with Scotland and thus missed out on early qualification for the round of 16. In cold, wet British weather, the “Three Lions” failed to do much against good Scots and even received whistles at London’s Wembley Stadium.
After the narrow opening victory in the top match against Croatia (1:0), England thus came only a small step closer to the knockout round. With four points, Gareth Southgate’s team is level with the Czech Republic at the top of Group D. Next Tuesday (9 p.m., in the live ticker at t-online), it comes to the direct duel.
Scotland keeps its chances of reaching the round of 16 alive
In their first major tournament in 23 years, Scotland still have an outside chance of reaching the round of 16 with just one point.
After a few minutes, England started to press: John Stones (11th) hit the post with a header, only two minutes later Raheem Sterling won the ball in the penalty area and Mason Mount missed by inches.
After a good opening phase, the English started to have problems with the Scots, who were not only convincing in terms of fighting spirit. In continuous rain and only about 13 degrees, the flow of the English game came to a standstill, Scotland freed themselves more effortlessly and then had a great chance: Stephen O’Donnell’s spectacular volley forced Jordan Pickford to make a strong save (30.).
England’s play now looked sluggish, with whistles from some of the 22,500 spectators accompanying the favorites into the break. The 3,000 or so Scottish fans, on the other hand, saw the game continue to be played on equal terms in the second half. The underdogs had to survive another strong start by the English, but then forced their game on their opponents again and soon had the next clear opportunity.