18th of October 2012 Author: Glo Wood
England were denied an important victory as Kamil Glik's second-half equaliser gave Poland a point they really deserved in the delayed World Cup qualifier in Warsaw. Roy Hodgson's men were on course for three points after Wayne Rooney's deflected header gave them the lead before the interval but England never seemed to deserve all three points. In a game played 24 hours after the initial meeting was postponed due to heavy rain, England struggled and got punished as Glik took advantage of a misjudgement from keeper Joe Hart to head home a corner kick cross with 19 minutes left.
England's campaign now has a mixed set of results, with good wins against Moldova and San Marino and two sluggish draws, from meetings with Ukraine and Poland. Hodgson's men will resume action with a double header against San Marino and Montenegro in March 2013.
The first half was rather disappointing as none of the two sides really created good football. Hart blocked Lukasz Piszczek and Kamil Grosicki shot wide as Poland attempted to craft something. But it was Rooney who made the difference at half-time as he gave England a 31st minute lead, his header from Steven Gerrard's corner bouncing off Piszczek and past goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart didn't have much to do after the break before he was called into action to turn away Ludovic Obraniak's long-range shot. England had a chance to extend their lead against the run of play in the 64th minute when Gerrard's free-kick found Jermain Defoe unmarked at the far post but the finish was terrible and Poland got away with the marking error.
Defoe was then replaced by Welbeck and the Manchester United youngster created a chance for Rooney right away but his team mate fired off target. Poland were creating pressure on the England defence and they grabbed a deserved equaliser with 19 minutes left as Glik powered home the header from a corner kick.
England remain top of the group but they are just one point clear of Montenegro, who have a game in hand. England's odds to qualify for the World Cup finals at Bet365 are at 1/10 at the moment.
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