England 1-0 Austria: Saka goal seals pre-Euro friendly win

8500 fans returned to see Bukayo Saka net his first England goal as the Three Lions eased to a comfortable 1-0 victory against Austria at the Riverside.  

England started the better side with early chances from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jude Bellingham, forcing Daniel Bachmann into some routine saves.

The Three Lions continued to control the game and looked threating from set pieces, however England’s best chance of the first half came just before the half hour mark with Jack Grealish slipping in Harry Kane, only for his left footed shot to be smothered by Bachmann.

Towards the back end of the half Austria began to grow into the game and create a few chances, most notably, a driving run and shot from Christoph Baumgartner which would have broken the deadlock if not for a last-ditch block from Tyrone Mings

After the break England managed to find a breakthrough, it was Saka on the end of a clinical counter.

Grealish linked up with Kane and Jesse Lingard to find himself in on goal only for a tackle from Marcel Sabitzer to divert the ball into the path of Saka who finished from a tight angle.

But only eight minutes later the Three Lions could have been pegged back as Sabitzer cracked a long shot off the crossbar.

Austria were almost level again with England debutant Ben Godfrey nearly passing it into his own net just seconds after coming on.

The game looked to be dwindling to a finish, but with ten minutes left, Sabitzer was at it again, striking another fierce long shot this time making Jordan Pickford save down to his left.

England were then down to ten as with just five minutes to go worryingly Alexander-Arnold was forced off with what looked to be a hamstring injury.

Austria then piled on the pressure and into added time they nearly found their equaliser, an Austria cross was punched only as far as Alessandro Schopf who struck it cleanly but was only to be denied on the line by the boot of Ben White

In the end this was a good win for England with players looking sharp ahead of Euro 2020 but was tainted by the potential injury to Alexander-Arnold. 

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