Euro Qualifying

Euro Qualifiers Top Five, Matchday Eight: 10s all round, including Harry Kane and John McGinn

Ross Barkley scored a double against Bulgaria, while Denis Cheryshev and Georginio Wijnaldum also impressed.

 
11:33am on Wednesday 16th October 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Harry Kane
S (C) - England - 26 yrs
90'
10
Oct 14, 2019
90Minutes played
1Goals
3Assists
4Total shots
3Shots on target
12Final third passes
7Duels
6Duels won

England were already leading before Harry Kane burst into life, but he did so with three superb assists before scoring himself for the sixth and final goal.

His first assist was a whipped cross into the area, with his weaker foot no less, for Ross Barkley to nod home. The main beneficiary from Kane's performance on the night was Raheem Sterling, who was one of the England players subjected to disgusting racial abuse by sections of the Bulgaria crowd. The Manchester City forward received a cutback from Kane to easily score his first, while the next was a slipped pass through the middle for a composed left-footed finish into the corner.

Never one to be left out of the goalscoring, Kane eventually got on the scoresheet with a clever jink beyond the defender into the box, where he flashed a strike into the near corner, again with his left foot.

Ross Barkley
M, AM (C) - England - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
73'
10
Oct 14, 2019
73Minutes played
2Goals
1Assists
4Total shots
2Shots on target
22Final third passes
78Passes
96Touches

Barkley put his mixed club form for Chelsea to one side as he found his inner number nine against Bulgaria by scoring two goals within about 10 yards from goal. The first was dispatched from close range at the back post after a superb one-two by Kane and Sterling in the build-up.

His second, to make it 3-0 England, was more impressive as he ghosted into the box unopposed to glance a bouncing header underneath the goalkeeper after the aforementioned left-footed cross from Kane.

He completed 69 passes and had 96 touches in the game before being substituted.

Denis Cheryshev
M, AM (L) - Russia - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Oct 13, 2019
90Minutes played
2Goals
2Assists
4Total shots
3Shots on target
13Crosses
42Final third passes
5Ball recovered

Cheryshev was on fire for Russia in their comfortable 5-0 humbling of Cyprus, scoring two and setting up two.

He opened the scoring just nine minutes in after a signature, bursting run down the left wing was finished with a blistering strike past the goalkeeper at the front post.

The Valencia winger then turned provider by impressively keeping a move alive for the visitors by recovering the ball to the left of the goalline before laying into the path of Magomed Ozdoev. His second assist was much more routine but no less effective, as he curled a perfect cross into the box, with the towering Artem Dzuyba making no mistake in heading home.

He then grabbed his second with a finished squeezed off the inside of the post.

John McGinn
M, AM (C) - Scotland - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
70'
10
Oct 13, 2019
70Minutes played
3Goals
5Total shots
4Shots on target
26Final third passes
10Touches in box
8Duels
5Duels won

This has been a torrid Euro Qualifying for Scotland, and nothing much can be read into a 6-0 defeat of the lowest-ranked nation on earth, San Marino, but McGinn was still influential in the win, bagging a hat-trick.

His first two won't be winning any awards for style, as the first was diverted in after a cross from Ryan Christie and the second was a rebound after some awful goalkeeping.

The hat-trick goal, to make it 3-0, was impressive though as he opportunistically swivelled his body at the back post while facing his own goal to twist a strike home at the near post.

He also won more than half of his duels, and made two ball recoveries, so a good night's work all round.

Georginio Wijnaldum
M, DM (C) - Netherlands - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Oct 13, 2019
90Minutes played
2Goals
5Total shots
3Shots on target
37Final third passes
11Touches in box
12Duels
8Duels won

Arguably unappreciated until the last year or so, Wijnaldum is steadily becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet for both Liverpool and the Netherlands.

He was the match winner for the Oranje as they defeated Belarus 2-1 away in Group C, allowing them to keep the pace with Germany at the top of the table. He scored two goals on the night, with the first coming on the half-hour mark after he rose high at the back post, just managing to get enough on a header to score.

The second was the goal of the round - a magnificent 25-yard sizzler which was angled perfectly into the top right corner.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Another two perfect scores here, which makes Artem Dzyuba (10) and Ilkay Gundogan (10) very unlucky to miss out. Both got on the scoresheet, with the German scoring two, but missed out due to either the quality of opposition or not having as impressive an all-round match as the top five.

ROUND TO FORGET

Moldovan goalkeeper Alexei Coşelev (3.4) had the misfortune of conceding four in his group stage match, one of which was directly through a personal error. The loss wasn't even against one of Europe's elite teams, it was Albania. So no real excuses for his ineffectual performance between the sticks.

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