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Euro 2016 Qualifying Rewind: England thumps Lithuania; Spain edges Ukraine; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

In London, the England National Team had their way with Lithuania, defeating them 4-0 in front of more than 83,000 fans.

Wayne Rooney headed in the first of the evening while Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling added the second and third. Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane continues his exceptional run of form by scoring his first international goal a little more than a minute into his first cap for England. The win leaves England with a perfect record in qualification.

In an important match with Group C rival Ukraine, Spain narrowly squeaked by with a 1-0 win at home. Alvaro Morata netted his first international goal in the 28th minute after fighting off a challenge and chipping the ball over Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov. But beyond that, Spain could not find another way past the FC Shakhtar Donetsk keeper, who recorded three saves in the match.

New York City FC striker Adam Nemec scored the first goal in Slovakia’s 3-0 win over Luxembourg. The NYCFC forward’s side sits atop Group C, three points in front of Spain.

Meanwhile, the game between Montenegro and Russia was suspended and later abandoned Friday. Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit in the head with a flare moments into the match and had to be subbed off. Play later continued, and Roman Shirokov’s penalty attempt was saved in the 67th minute. But moments later, another object struck a Russian player, and the referee abandoned the match.

Here is a look at all of the scores from today’s Euro 2016 Qualifying action:

FRIDAY’S EURO 2016 QUALIFYING RESULTS

Group C

Spain 1, Ukraine 0.

Macedonia 1, Belarus 2.

Slovakia 3, Luxembourg 0.

Group E

Switzerland 3, Estonia 0.

England 4 Lithuania 0.

Slovenia 6, San Marino 0.

Group G

Montenegro 0, Russia 0. (ABANDONED)

Liechtenstein 0, Austria 5.

Moldova 0, Sweden 2.

Comments

    • Great question, but you should ask Rob (above).

      He’s all about justifying the violent behavior of fans towards players. Disclaimer: If you’re American, you probably wouldnt understand.

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  1. There are 100+ reasons you should never gamble on England. Mostly, it’s just the fact that you will never get a good price on your bet. But these days, it’s even stranger. Nobody knows how good this team is. Call them terrible at your own peril. Are they that different from the USMNT?

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    • I wouldn’t bet against England. They’re one reworking of their system from becoming an elite side……. Of course they’ve been there for about 100 years but who’s counting? Spain was like them and they managed to move up.
      As far as being like the U.S., they do speak English. Other than that, no really similar at all.

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      • Sure… yeah… English. Our guys speak that. Some of them, anyway.

        Still, they know more than the England team, who only know five words (“gaffer”, “chuffed”, “gutted”, “massive” and “lads”) , none of which are actual English words in unless you happen to be a chimney sweep, or commute to work using a flying umbrella.

      • I can see what you’re saying to some extent but Spain has always had much better, more technical players than England, even when their national team was scuffling. There are a lot of good players on the England side, but few of them are above average in terms of technical and creative ability, so it’s a very different dynamic than Spain. Yes, good players are good players to some extent, but that lack of creative spark might hold them back. I know a guy who came up in England and played in the Championship and a bit in the Prem and he’s disgusted with the youth development. He says they’re obsessed with strong fast, hard nosed players who get stuck in to the detriment of the creative, technical guys.

      • He says they’re obsessed with strong fast, hard nosed players who get stuck in to the detriment of the creative, technical guys.

        Sounds like the old mentality of development for US players.

      • Its a problem with a lot of countries really.
        Even Brazil.

        If you look at Brazil they only have 2 top tier creators. Neymar is excellent and Oscar is pretty good. The rest of the team feels like defensive players. Even Willian who is a winger is more defensive than anything.

      • Old? It’s alive and kicking at the youth level. We talk about how wrong we are but you can’t change the system in one generation. Youth coaches teach what they know.
        This is why I don’t have such a problem with Klinsmann. If he leaves the program with a bunch of loses but a new mentality from top to bottom I’d call that a win.

    • The Three Lions has its own problems. A relentless press and fans to contribute to low morale, Roy Hodgson’s tactics, foreign players in the EPL, domestic talent being overpaid, penalty kicks. Some of these are debatable, since I’m no expert on English football. Personally, I see Harry Kane as a sign of hope for England’s future. Not sure bout them penalties, though.

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