5 Sep 2016

England beat Slovakia

8:44 am on 5 September 2016

England's Adam Lallana scored his first international goal with the last kick of the game as they beat 10-man Slovakia 1-0 in their Football World Cup Group F qualifier to get new manager Sam Allardyce's reign off to a winning start.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.

New England manager Sam Allardyce Photo: PHOTOSPORT

But for much of a lacklustre contest in Trnava it looked like England would be frustrated with a re-run of the goalless draw the teams shared in their last clash during the group stage at Euro 2016 in Saint-Etienne in June.

England struggled to shrug off familiar problems, controlling the game without looking like winning it even after Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel was dismissed for stamping on Harry Kane in the 57th minute.

It took until the 65th minute for England to muster their first shot on target through captain Wayne Rooney, a reflection of their failure to capitalise on superiority when measured in territory and possession.

Kane's departure signalled a period of intense pressure from England, with Lallana hitting the post before he finally scrambled home the winner through the goalkeeper's legs as the referee checked his watch ready to blow the final whistle.

- Reuters, BBC