Eriksen penalty earns Denmark win over 10-man England


England slipped to third place in group A2, which is now headed by Belgium with Denmark above England on goal difference.

“Disappointed to lose the match but extremely proud of how we responded to going down to 10 men,” said England manager Gareth Southgate, who rather surprisingly opted not to send on Aston Villa’s creative midfielder Jack Grealish when chasing the game.

Harry Maguire saw red for England.Credit:AP

“We had a few chances that on another day would have gone in. The 10 men changes the game and they get a soft penalty.”

While it was a memorable night for Danish playmaker Eriksen, it was a disappointing one for England who suffered only their second home defeat in 32 competitive internationals.

There were some positives, however, notably an encouraging full debut for Chelsea right back James who was arguably England’s most effective attacking option, only to blot his copybook as tempers flared at fulltime.

Denmark, playing with the same side that beat Iceland at the weekend, started brightly with Kasper Dolberg having a couple of half chances and Eriksen pulling the strings but England had begun to dominate when everything changed after 32 minutes.

Maguire, who had been booked for a rash foul on Yussuf Poulsen, took a poor touch near the halfway line and his attempted recovery tackle, while taking the ball, also caught Dolberg to earn the Manchester United man a second yellow.

Three minutes later, with England still re-organising, a long ball into their area caused hesitation in the home defence between Kyle Walker and Pickford and when Thomas Delaney went down the referee pointed to the spot.

It was a harsh decision but with no VAR to save England, Eriksen thumped his penalty past Pickford.

England enjoyed plenty of possession after the break without looking overly dangerous although Denmark needed an incredible save by Kasper Schmeichel to preserve their lead.

When Declan Rice headed the ball into the area and Mason Mount connected with his head from close range, a goal looked certain but somehow Schmeichel clawed it away.

England huffed and puffed late on and Harry Kane’s goalbound header was cleared off the line as Denmark hung on.

Elsewhere, Italy slipped to second in their Nations League group after they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Netherlands in a game that paid tribute to Bergamo’s many victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek canceled out Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opener in the first half.

Poland moved top of group 1 in league A after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0. They have a point more than Italy and two more than the Netherlands.

Italy host Poland on November 15 and play Bosnia in their final group match three days later.

“No problem, we’ll win both the matches and we’ll qualify for the final phase,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.

Italy and Poland drew 1-1.

Italy and Poland drew 1-1.Credit:Getty Images

France stretched their unbeaten run against Croatia to eight games after a late goal by Kylian Mbappe gave the world champions a 2-1 win in their top-tier group 3 match.

The result left France second in the group on 10 points from four games, behind Portugal on goal difference after the European champions brushed aside Sweden 3-0. Croatia have three points and the Swedes none.

“We knew we’d be in a real battle,” France coach Didier Deschamps told French TF1 television.

“We started very well and it’s a pity we didn’t go two goals clear as Kylian had a big chance. We did what we needed to do in the second half.

“It’s not because we won a trophy in 2018 that you win by clicking your fingers. You have to look at the way the opponents play too.”

Scotland closed in on promotion to the top tier after winning their top-of-the-table clash with the Czech Republic as the races in the other three League B groups remained extremely tight.

An early Ryan Fraser goal was enough to edge the Scots past their nearest rivals and open up a four-point lead at the top of group 2, with a single point still separating the top sides in groups 3 and 4, and Austria and Norway neck and neck in group 1.

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A-League 2020: Wanderers defeat 10-man Wellington


WESTERN Sydney Wanderers overcame the sickening loss of German import Nicolai Muller to remain alive in the race for an A-League finals berth with a 1-0 win over a 10-man Wellington Phoenix at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.

A 73rd-minute header from substitute Kwame Yeboah proved the difference as the Wanderers moved to within four points of the top six.

The goal came eight minutes after Phoenix defender Luke DeVere was sent off for a second bookable defence when he knocked over Yeboah just outside Wellington’s penalty area.

Yeboah had entered the contest in the first-half as a replacement for Muller, who was floored and seemingly knocked out cold by the stray head of Wellington defender Louis Fenton.

Fearing Muller had suffered a serious injury, players from both sides immediately signalled for help from the sideline.

Muller was eventually stretchered off, with play delayed for six minutes, a period that also included the booking of Fenton for the recklessness of his actions.

Fortunately, Muller’s condition seemingly improved in the dressing-room, with the Wanderers tweeting: “Conscious but ok. Muller has a badly cut lip and a swollen jaw/cheek. He’s currently in our medical rooms with his wife and two kids, and is not required to go to hospital at the moment.”

While delighted with his side’s victory, Wanderers coach Jean-Paul de Marigny’s mood was tempered by Muller’s injury.

“He’s badly concussed … he’s not in a good place,” de Marigny said.

“Our responsibility is to look after the players. The incident happened then it warrants the punishment, so that’s someone else’s responsibility.”

He said Muller would go for scans, but feared a potentially season-ending facial fracture.

Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay defended Fenton, insisting there was no malice in the challenge.

“Louis’s not that type of player” Talay said.

“It was a 50-50, maybe he was a little bit late in the challenge but the referee made a call on it.”

Talay lamented the dismissal of DeVere, who will be suspended for the Phoenix’s clash on Wednesday night against his former club Brisbane Roar.

“Obviously it doesn’t help going down to 10 men, but I think the boys … pushed very hard and I thought we were a little bit unfortunate with a couple of corners where a couple of saves were made but that’s football sometimes.”

Talay was in an angry mood during the match and was shown a yellow card for dissent in the 63rd minute.

He was understandably frustrated as his normally impressive side produced a flat performance.

The Phoenix’s defeat has opened the door for Melbourne City to move three points clear of the Kiwi outfit in second spot if they can beat the already crowned Premier’s Plate winners Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Things might have been different had the Phoenix had more fortune in just the fourth minute of the match when a sublime strike from English attacker David Ball hit both posts but somehow didn’t cross the line with Wanderers goalkeeper Tristan Prendergast well beaten.

The Wanderers’ had a chance to take the lead in first-half stoppage time but captain Mitch Duke failed to get enough power by a shot that was comfortably dealt with by Phoenix goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

But Yeboah’s second-half header was all that Western Sydney needed as they held on despite a late Phoenix onslaught that amounted to nothing.



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Newcastle outgun 10-man Sheffield United in an empty St James’ Park


Three second-half goals from Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Joelinton helped Newcastle United secure a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday.

The visitors did not create many opportunities at St James’ Park and were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when defender John Egan collected his second yellow card.

Joelinton scores for Newcastle United against Sheffield United at St James' Park on Sunday.

Joelinton scores for Newcastle United against Sheffield United at St James’ Park on Sunday.Credit:Getty Images

Egan, who was cautioned for clashing with Joelinton over an offside decision in the first half, brought down the Brazilian striker to receive his marching orders from referee David Coote.

Newcastle seized control of the contest in the 55th minute when Ritchie’s cross from the left wing found Saint-Maximin, whose low shot found the net.

Ritchie doubled Newcastle’s lead in the 69th minute with a swerving shot from the edge of the box, before Joelinton recorded only his second league goal of the campaign.

The game was played in an empty St James’ Park due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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