England made it three wins from three games in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign thanks to a thumping winner from Harry Maguire against Poland.
Gareth Southgate’s men controlled much of the game against Robert Lewandowski-less Poland.
Harry Kane put his side in a driving seat after converting from the spot in the 19th minute. The first-half dominance gave the impression of another comfortable night for England, akin to the outings against San Marino and Albania.
However, following the interval, the visitors fought back to equalise, punishing John Stones for his mistake in the 58th minute. The Man City centre-back failed to control the ball on the edge of his own box, allowing Jakub Moder with an easy opportunity to strike past goalkeeper Nick Pope and into the top right.
Poland did well to get back into the game and find the net against England, who were aiming for a 100% clean sheet record during this international break. But they couldn’t stop the home side from bagging all three points, as Harry Maguire found the winner late in the game.
The way Harry Maguire sought out John Stones during his celebration after Stones’ earlier mistake had cost England a goal 🥺 pic.twitter.com/ITDjW2cLT6
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 31, 2021
Get in @HarryMaguire93. What a finish. Good to see patience rather than panic. So important at this level.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) March 31, 2021
Harry Maguire is both United and England’s best centre back and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it
— 🌊™️ (@RealistGlizzy) March 31, 2021
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Late winning goals pic.twitter.com/O7qrarYZlo
— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) March 31, 2021
Stones, Cancelo, Ruben Dias and even Zinchenko have been nothing special in this international break. I’m telling you Harry Maguire in that City setup would constantly be getting best defender in the world shouts
— LUHG With Sense (@analmylatina) March 31, 2021
A fine strike from the Man Utd captain from an 85th-minute corner not only ensured his side maintain their 100% win record but also saved Stones from post-match criticism on social media for his error.
Following the 2-1 win, the highlight of Stones’ night at Wembley was his cut back header to assist Maguire’s goal rather than the equaliser he gifted to Poland.