England continued their quest towards the Euro 2020 finals continued as they beat an ambitious Kosovo 5-3 in an extraordinary Group A qualifier on Tuesday.
Valon Berisha gave 120th-ranked Kosovo the lead after 35 seconds but England hit back seven minutes later through Raheem Sterling’s header. From then on the host went on a goal rampage leading 5-1 at the interval.
Kosovo however, were not about to exit the biggest night in their short footballing history without a fight. Within 10 minutes from the end of the game, they scored twice through Berisha and a penalty by Vedat Muriqi, leaving England manager Gareth Southgate, barely surviving the onslaught.
Harry Kane, who had scored England’s second goal, had a penalty saved by Arijanet Muric and Sterling then hit the post but Kosovo were still going forward until the final whistle and Bersant Celina went close to making it 5-4.
England lead the group with a maximum 12 points having scored 19 goals in the process while Kosovo are third with eight points and still have a great chance to qualify for their first tournament finals.
The Czech Republic are in second place with nine points after a 3-0 victory in Montenegro