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Ross Barkley scores spot-kick as England beat Switzerland on penalties

Ross Barkley played the second half of extra-time and converted a penalty as England finished third in the UEFA Nations League with a shoot-out success over Switzerland.

There were no goals in Guimaraes in this meeting of the teams defeated in the semi-finals in midweek, although not for the want of trying. England hit the woodwork three times, had a goal disallowed by VAR, just as they did on Thursday, and found the Swiss keeper Yann Sommer in top form between the posts.

Barkley, who played the whole of England’s loss to the Netherlands, was introduced for the final quarter-of-an-hour on a sunny afternoon in Portugal. He helped England stay on top against the stubborn Swiss, but like in the previous 105 minutes they could not break the deadlock so to penalties it went.

After each side had scored their opening spot-kick, Barkley stepped up and cheekily used a panenka to beat Sommer.

In fact the first 11 penalties were all converted until Jordan Pickford guessed correctly and saved from Josip Drmic. The England keeper had earlier scored a penalty of his own as the Three Lions prevailed 6-5 in the shoot-out. 

The result means England have finished third in the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament. Their attention will now turn to a couple of Euro 2020 qualifiers in September. 

 

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