Ukraine 1-1 England: Saka, Belingham quiet as Southgate's men settle for unispiring draw

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Ukraine 1-1 England: Saka, Belingham quiet as Southgate's men settle for unispiring draw

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 19:03 - 09.09.2023

Gareth Southgate's England were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifier at the Tarczyński Arena in Wrocław.

England were unable to get the better of a resilient Ukraine side as both teams had to settle for a 1-1 draw thanks to goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kyle Walker.

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How it happened

England dominated the opening proceedings with Jude Bellingham in particular looking dangerous.

However, Ukraine drew first blood after 26 minutes. 

Yukhym Konoplya collected Victor Tsyhankov’s pass and played the ball across for Oleksandr Zinchenko to slide in the first goal England had conceded in 330 minutes.

England found an equaliser in the 40th minute when Harry Kane played a brilliant ball over for Kyle Walker, who ran behind Vitali Mykolenko and coolly finished to finally register his maiden international goal at the 77th attempt.

England continued to push in the second half and Bukayo Saka showed his quality by cutting inside Zinchenko and unleashing a powerful strike that Georgi Bushchan did superbly to tip onto the crossbar.

Both teams tried but failed to change the flow of proceedings and had to settle for a draw.