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Poland 1-1 England: Substitute Szymanski steals stoppage-time point



Damian Szymanski nodded a dramatic first Poland goal to end England’s winning start to World Cup qualifying in a 1-1 draw, although the Three Lions remain firmly in pole position.

Gareth Southgate’s side still hold top spot in Group I, yet they were moving eight points clear of Poland courtesy of Harry Kane’s second-half blast until Szymanski’s intervention.

The substitute headed past Jordan Pickford in the 92nd minute to secure a precious point in Warsaw.

It was a result England might have taken beforehand, but the late leveller will send the Euro 2020 finalists home frustrated after five straight victories.

The Three Lions themselves took some time to forge a breakthrough, scarcely threatening in a feisty first half and then seeing Jack Grealish prod narrowly wide at the start of the second.

Harry Maguire headed a deep Luke Shaw free-kick against the foot of the post, although the nearby Raheem Sterling was flagged offside, before Kane stepped up 18 minutes from time.

There appeared little on as Kane collected the ball 25 yards from goal, yet his effort swerved from left to right, deceiving Wojciech Szczesny and finding the bottom-right corner.

A Jordan Pickford aberration kept England on their toes, as the goalkeeper hared after a blocked clearance to save on his goal line, but they looked to have done enough entering added time.

However, Jakub Moder skipped past Kyle Walker on the Poland left and hung up a cross that Szymanski met ahead of Shaw to deny the visitors.

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