Euro 2016 Championship Qualifier: Lithuania vs England as it happened

England completed their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 100% win record tonight, after a 3-0 victory in Lithuania, courtesy of goals from Ross Barkley, Harry Kane, Alex Oxelade-Chamberlain.

It was a slow start to the game, as England looked to get in their stride – whilst trying to adjust to the artificial pitch the Lithuanian national stadium has.

Kane forged England’s first chance, as he took a few touches before unleashing a venomous low drive, forcing Vytautas Andriuskevicius into a smart save. The three lions failed to capitalise on the corner, with Andriuskevicius catching comfortably.

Andriuskevicius denied Kane once more just a few moments later, as he fired in a shot from the opposite edge of the box to his last effort, but the Lithuanian keeper continued his impressive start to the game.

England huffed and puffed for the first 28 minutes, but couldn’t find a way to break the deadlock. That was the case, until half way through the 28th minute, when Ross Barkley picked the ball up following a pass from Kane, and let rip from 25-yards out. The shot took a fairly large deflection, but that takes nothing away from the sweet strike from Barkley. 1-0 England.

Lithuania weren’t too disheartened from going behind, as Spalvis raced away before unleashing a wonderful long range effort, that Jack Butland had to be equal to.

Soon after their chance to draw level, the home side find themselves 2-0 behind. Kane did a smart one-two with Adam Lallana, before smashing a low shot at the keeper – who did his best to stop it, but the power meant his save still went in. 2-0 England.

That’s how the scores would remain going into half time, with England looking dominant and in complete control – and more importantly, 100% on track to finish the qualifiers with a 100% win record.

Kane had the first chance of the second half, but Andriuskevicius showed his worth the the Lithuanian team once more as he pushed the ball away for a corner.

On 51 minutes Kane had yet another time, this time Oxelade-Chamberlain pulled the ball back to Kane who hit it first time, but the man between the sticks denied him again. From the corner Barkley headed goal wards, but Andriuskevicius saved again.

England made their first sub of the match just short of the 60th minute, as Danny Ings came on in place of goalscorer Kane – who will be disappointed he couldn’t score his second nine minutes prior.

Oxelade-Chamberlain made it three on 62 minutes. The Arsenal midfielder received the ball just inside the Lithuanian box, before he let rip leaving poor Andriuskevicius with no chance. 3-0 England.

Lallana was replaced by Dele Alli five minutes after the goal, coming on to make only his second appearance for the three lions, whilst Andros Townsend came on for Barkley.

The match went pretty flat after the 70th minute mark, as England held on to the ball for large parts without ever really threatening to find a fourth, and so 3-0 was the final score.

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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City First Half as it happened

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Kevin De Bruyne’s creativity was evident with a matter of seconds on the clock, as Yaya Toure played him in on the wing, with the Belgian winning a corner – but they couldn’t make anything of the set piece.

City had started the game well, and were almost gifted a goal by Spurs as Hugo Lloris attempted to clear but instead played it into the path of Raheem Sterling, but thankfully for the shot stopper Sterling used his arm to control the ball and a free kick was awarded to the home team.

Things went quiet for ten minutes or so with both teams struggling to create any serious opportunities. Toure found the ball laid into his path in a position he usually thrives from, but he mishit it and let Spurs off the hook.

That Toure shot seemed to wake City up a bit, as Sergio Aguero’s dipping shot from the edge of the box forced Lloris into a smart save. City couldn’t capitalise on the corner, and the chance was gone.

The games first goal came on 25 minutes courtesy of the highly impressive De Bruyne. Spurs had the corner, but once City cleared they broke quickly with Toure, who played the perfect pass through to the Belgian – he still had his work cut out from the angle he was at – but from the right of Lloris’ goal he gave the Frenchmen no chance and it was 1-0 to the league leaders.

After the City opener Spurs got on top of the game, but when a big chance fell to Eric Lamela, he fluffed his shot and let the away team off the hook.

Just as it seemed City would get to the half time break with the lead, Spurs equalised. After a dangerous ball into the box was cleared it fell straight into the path of Eric Dier who smashed it hard and low from 30-yards-out, levelling things at 1-1.

And that is how it would remain until the half time whistle was blown, with Spurs equalising at the most perfect time. Sadly the editor of this article had to rush out and missed the second half, but without any spoilers – Spurs won 4-1.