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09th Jun 2019

Jordan Pickford the hero as England take Nations League third place on penalties

Simon Lloyd

Pickford scored his penalty, then denied Switzerland with a crucial save in the shoot-out

Jordan Pickford was England’s hero as Gareth Southgate’s men beat Switzerland on penalties to win the third-place play-off in the inaugural Uefa Nations League finals.

England squandered a number of chances throughout the 90 minutes, but appeared to have won it late on as Callum Wilson – on as a replacement for Harry Kane – nudged home after Dele Alli’s header had rebounded off the Swiss cross bar.

However, a VAR review revealed Wilson had fouled a defender during the build-up to the goal. Just as was the case with Jesse Lingard’s strike against the Netherlands in the semi-finals, England were denied by VAR.

Gareth Southgate’s side’s dominance continued in extra-time, where Raheem Sterling came closest with a free-kick which struck the cross-bar.

There was no breakthrough, however, and so the game went to a penalties.

Pickford had smashed home his own penalty prior to the shoot-out going to sudden death, where he turned away Josip Drmic’s effort – the twelfth of the shoot-out – to secure victory for England.

The final of the Nations League will be contested between Portugal and the Netherlands in Porto later on Sunday.