Spain 2, England 3: Sterling sparks Nations League stunner

Lawrence Kim
October 16, 2018

England took the lead through a lightning quick break involving Kane, Sterling and Rashford, and the three forwards had their footprints all over the three goals which led to the home fans booing their team off the pitch at the interval. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja's first home loss in 15 years.

Although things began to look a little shaky in the second-half, England eked out a 3-2 win against Spain in Seville. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group's other match.

However, Gareth Southgate's side would hold on to secure a fantastic victory, becoming the first side to score three goals in a competitive game away to Spain.

Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos pulled goals back for the hosts in the second period but the damage had been done in the first 38 minutes.

Enrique said, "At the break I have been wonderful because I could have killed my players, but did not".

"The boys can take a lot of belief from that performance and the next challenge for us is to advance". Spain are top after winning the corresponding fixture at Wembley last month, while Croatia are bottom of the group with one point. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain. Only the group victor moves on. We have the ability up top to score goals as well.

The ex-Lilywhites favourite and now Grimsby skipper watched on with pride as goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced a textbook sliding tackle to prevent a certain goal in the Three Lions' 3-2 win in Seville.

The Independent, meanwhile, were one of many to compare Raheem's first strike with Michael Owen's against Argentina 20 years ago as they write: "There was just such an impressive force and assertiveness about England in general, with the tone set by Sterling's finish, and the team very much set off".

"It was a handsome feeling", Sterling said.

"Maybe sometimes at the World Cup, we were getting dominated in possession, but in this system that we are playing now, the midfielders can press easier higher up the field and we can play better".

"I have to thank this city, which is great to play in, and they leave you in awe so it is a shame we couldn't respond for them".

Kane controls before looking up and picking out Rashford, below, on the left-hand side.

Spain hit back with a header by substitute Paco Alcacer just before the hour and were nearly gifted another goal after an error from Jordan Pickford although the keeper managed to tackle Rodrigo Moreno, sparking fierce penalty appeals from the hosts.

289 goals in one season: The Paul Moulden story: It was a record that left people scratching their head.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER