Nations League: England fail to make the most of chances as they are held to Croatian draw
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The stage was set for England to take revenge against Croatia after being knocked out by them in this summer’s World Cup, but the fluffing of crucial chances saw them held to a bitter 0-0 draw. This really was no regular Nations League match up, especially considering how the game was shaping up to be a grudge match. But there was another particularly strange difference to normal matchups: there were no spectators in sight. Back in 2015, a swastika was etched onto the pitch in a qualifying game between Croatia and Italy for the 2016 European Championships. Following this, the game against England would have to behind closed doors as a form of punishment. With no Croatian fans in sight, it was the perfect opportunity for England to take away the home field advantage and take away three Nations League points. The first half saw England presented with a clear-cut chance to get on the score sheet and from a set piece none the less. Jordan Henderson’s corner was perfectly placed but Eric Dier just missed the target as his headed ball bounced off of the post. The second half saw the better opportunities for both sides, with Croatia’s Perisic taking the first clear-cut chance that flew straight into the gloves of Jordan Pickford from 18 yards out. Moments later, England skipper, Harry Kane, hit the crossbar and it started to become clear that this may not be England’s night.
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