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Slovakia vs England, Live Score and Commentary, FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2018

England 1-0 Slovakia
Updated: 04 September 2016 23:33 IST - Published: 04 September 2016 18:53 IST
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England 1-0 Slovakia

England left it as late as they possibly could today as they managed to win their opening qualifier game against Slovakia by the solitary goal. For 99% of the match it looked very much like a 0-0 draw. 

But Adam Lallana ensured Sam Allardyce registered a win in his very first game in charge. Wayne Rooney created a record by playing his 116th game for England which made him the most capped outfield player for his country.

There was not much of note in the first half with chances few and far between. Slovakia knew what their job was, to stop England from playing, and they did exactly that for the first 45.

But Martin Skrtel received a second yellow in the second reducing them to 10 men. Slovakia were still defending very well with 10 men and it looked like it was going to be a repeat of the Euro 2016 game.

But Lallana stepped up in what was the last kick of the game and managed to squeeze into the net. It will go down as goalkeeping error but that's how it is sometimes!

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THATS IT!! PeeeeP! Peeeeep! Peeeep! Full Time: England 1-0 Slovakia!

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Well Lallana receives the ball from Rose in the box, fakes a couple of defenders and his shot is straight at the keeper but it slips under him and rolls into the net LUCKY BREAK!!

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94' ENGLAND SCORE RIGHT AT THE VERY END OF THE GAME!!! ADAM LALLANA!!!

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92' Last two minutes of stoppage time remain! This looks like it is heading for a repeat of the game a couple of months back! Almost a carbon copy actually!

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90' Walcott has the ball in the net but it's very clear he is offside despite the last touch coming off a Slovakian player

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88' Sturridge tries one from distance! Always comfortable for the keeper

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87' WALCOTT OFFSIDE!! Rooney finds the Arsenal man with a brilliant through ball but he timed his run just a little too early!

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85' Lallana goes close again! This time he grounds his shot from about 30 yards but it flies just wide of the far post!

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84' Rooney's free-kick cleared away and then Walcott plays it in again but Sturridge can't get a touch or he would have scored!!

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83' Alli wins a foul on the left hand side! Needless by Slovakia! He was backed into a corner and had nowhere to go

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82' Sturridge comes on for Harry Kane

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79' Its' looking like all hands on deck for Slovakia! Wave after Wave of Red Shirts are pouring forward at every opportunity!

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77' This is the closest they have come! But still no dice!

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76' The Liverpool man almost beat the keeper at his near post with a 25-yarder and then had another crack at it after Alli set him up but his passing effort was well palmed away!

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76' LALLANA HITS THE POST! AND THEN HIS SHOT IS BLOCKED BY THE KEEPER!

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75' Last 15 minutes left in the game! Allardyce has stated he would be happy with a draw but knowing the opposition are down to 10-men a draw would be disappointing!

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70' Theo Walcott is coming on for Sterling. He was recalled by Allardyce after being dropped in the Euros

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69' Alli almost releasing Lallana. Great goalkeeping by Kozacik who came out quickly to smother, looking at the run of Lallana

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68' Dele Alli has now come on. Can the current golden boy do it for them?

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67' Slovakia under real pressure now! Back to Back corners

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65' Rooney almost scores on his landmark appearance! He just whips a ball in Nonchalantly but the keeper deals with so poorly flapping at the ball and putting his defence in danger!

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63' England should be dominating but instead, Slovakia are keeping possession better than their opponents

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62' Slovakia still attacking despite going down to 10 men!

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60' England were struggling to break down the opposition but Skrtel just made it a lot easier for them! They wont get a better chance to win this game!

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57' RED CARD FOR MARTIN SKRTEL!!!!! IS THIS JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED FOR ENGLAND!

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56' Slovakia looking the more dangerous now! 

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51' A month ago Sterling couldn't get into the team! Now he's England's best player on the pitch so far! Is it because the players are not performing or the Guardiola effect. I'm leaning towards the former!

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48' After a succession of corners Slovakia win a free-kick for a foul and the attack dies 

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47' Pekarik gives away a foul with a poorly aimed challenge on Sterling.

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45' We're back for the second half. Slovaki kick-off from the centre as the ref blows his whistle to get the second half underway.

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HALF TIME: England 0-0 Slovakia

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45' BIG SAM has a lot of work to do! This England team don;t look very different to the one that lost in humiliating fashion to Iceland a couple of months ago!

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41' And the game is back to being monotonous again!

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39' STERLING GOES CLOSE NOW!! This game is finally springing into life! Kane's shot/cross is controlled well by steering, He goes on the outside after cutting past a couple of players but his shot is just wide of the far post from around 5 yards out!

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37' CLOSE AGAIN FOR SLOVAKIA! Svento was so close to making it 1-0. He was just whiskers away from tapping that in!

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36' Late challenge from Henderson!!! But Sterling was pulled back before that incident!

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33' David Beckham earlier congratulated Rooney on his landmark achievement. He really did have passion in playing for his country, something that has been missing from many of the England players since him

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29' SLOVAKIA THREATEN! They look very good on the counter! Hamsik drifted past a couple of players like they weren't there but his teammates' through ball was a little too heavy

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27' GREAT BALL IN FROM ROONEY! Slovakia just about get it away for a corner!!

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25' KANE IS DOWN INJURED!! He's getting treatment after taking a knock to the head!

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22' FIRST REAL CHANCE OF THE GAME!! Walker and Lallana combine on the right once again and his cross almost breaks for Sterling but it's just a little too pacey for the City winger to reach it! He would have been one-on-one if he could have just got to that ball!

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19' Poor counter from England! They had four against four but somehow delayed the move enough for the defenders to get back and crowd them out!

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17' Well 15 minutes in and England have to try something different from what they are doing now. It's all too one predictable. Slovakia are having a field day so far

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14' Sterling looks a reinvigorated player now. He carries the greatest threat today for England. 6 months ago people chanted what a waste of money!

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11' So far it all sideways for England. Slovakian midfield are so well organized. I don't want to jinx it but it looks like we are heading for a repeat of that Euro 2016 game so far!

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8' Slovakia as expected are trying to play it compact and eliminate any space for England to play through

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7' England have really tall people on the box and Cahill clears it away

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7' Free-kick for Slovakia

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5' Rooney looks for Sterling on the right with one of his diagonal balls but Sterling can't control. Goal kick in the end!