Euro 2020 qualifying Group A is Englands to lose.
England overcame a resolute Kosovo, to maintain their unbeaten record in Euro 2020 qualification.
The Czech Republic, however, is only three points behind the Three Lions after today’s victory over Montenegro.
With the next match in the qualification group, a home tie against England, they can to all intense and purpose climb above Gareth Southgate’s men with a victory in Prague come October.
Today’s game got off to a slow start, with both the hosts Montenegro and visitors the Czech Republic struggling to find opportunities in the first half.
The second 45 minutes was a different story. Within ten minutes of the restart, Soucek found the back of the Montonegran net.
It only took Masopust three more minutes to double the Czech’s lead.
Montenegro battled back and created a few chances of their own. But in the fifth minute of injury time, the Czech Republic was awarded a penalty. Darida cooly stepped up and made it 3-0.
While the Czech’s had 17 shots, and the Montenegran’s eight, the possession tells the story of a far more even game. With the visitors having 53% to the home sies 47%.
The top three are just about set in Group A. England are top with 12 points, the Czech Republic second on nine points, while the surprise team of Kosovo is third with eight.
Montenegro and Bulgaria are fourth and fifth respectively on two points.
While England is in control and could not have done any more than win all four games, the Czech’s and Kosovo are within touching distance.
With trips to both Bulgaria and the Czech Republic still to come, there could still be a couple of surprises in store in Group A.
Bulgaria has no doubt been the disappointment of the Euro 2020 qualification, with qualification all but an impossibility.
But surely a team of their historic quality will eventually find its feet, and the impact of the final standings could be devastating.
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