England vs Malta

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Experience the riveting showdown between England and Malta in the full match replay and highlight. This exhilarating clash is part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group C – Matchday 9. The action kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Friday, November 17, 2023. The referee for this thrilling encounter is the esteemed Luís Godinho from Portugal, and the venue for this electrifying event is none other than Wembley Stadium in London. Don’t miss out on the intense competition and astounding moments that unfold in this high-stakes match.

England vs Malta Full Match Reports

England secured their 14th consecutive victory in UEFA European Championship qualifying (ECQ) at Wembley, maintaining an unblemished record in this ECQ cycle with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Malta.

The anticipatory atmosphere of a full house at the national stadium expected a commanding display from the Three Lions, despite already having sealed qualification for Germany 2024. Contrary to expectations, Gareth Southgate’s team faced an early scare within the first 30 seconds when Teddy Teuma’s attempt narrowly missed the target.

England grappled with a lack of attacking fluidity in the first half. Nonetheless, they found themselves in the lead within the opening 10 minutes through an element of luck. Phil Foden’s intended cutback to Harry Kane took a deflection off the unfortunate Enrico Pepe, finding the net at the near post. Remarkably, this marked Malta’s third own goal conceded in this ECQ cycle.

The second half mirrored the struggles of the first, with England finding it challenging to create significant opportunities. Substitutes Kyle Walker and Bukayo Saka, brought in at halftime, played crucial roles in the hosts’ second goal. Walker initiated a dynamic sequence with a precise pass to Foden, who, in turn, set up Saka to assist Kane for a simple finish. Kane’s goal extended his scoring streak to eight consecutive games for club and country, a fitting tribute on the night Wembley honored the late Sir Bobby Charlton.

The threat on Jordan Pickford’s goal faded in the second period, allowing England to comfortably see out the win, albeit in an underwhelming fashion. While England leads the group standings, Malta languishes at the bottom, having suffered defeats in all eight qualifiers, scoring only twice and conceding 20 in a challenging campaign.

Player of the Match: Phil Foden (England).