Rashford penalty kick gives England 1-0 win over Romania

England beat Romania with a substitute squad 1-0 at the end of their preparations for the European Football Championship 2020 on Sunday, as Marcus Rashford scored a penalty kick in the 68th minute after coach Gareth Southgate made nine changes to the team that defeated Austria by the same score last Wednesday. Rashford hit a neat kick from the penalty spot that left goalkeeper Florin Netta no chance to stop it after substitute Tibrio had a nightmare foul on Jack Grealish, but the Romanian goalkeeper did well 10 minutes later to save another penalty kick from Jordan Henderson. Henderson returned to action for the first time since a groin injury in February, and after coming on as a substitute before the start of the second half, the Liverpool captain missed a penalty in the 78th minute. The two teams created many chances in a thrilling match at Riverside Stadium, England hit the woodwork twice in the first half before England goalkeeper Sam Johnston interfered to deny Dean Sorescu the goal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed the crossbar in the 32nd minute after a free kick by James Ward-Prowse and Jadon Sancho hit the woodwork after another six minutes from inside the penalty area. After his lead, the England team escaped another predicament after Johnston saved in a superb way a powerful shot from Andre Evan from close range before Henderson missed the penalty. Defender Vlad Kirkic made a reckless foul on Calvert-Lewin while vying for the high ball but Henderson failed to take the opportunity and Netta jumped to the right to block the Liverpool captain’s low shot. England substitute Judd Bellingham came close to scoring on the other side in the last minutes, while the home side continued to press in search of a second goal. England open their Group D campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday before facing Scotland on June 18 and the Czech Republic four days later at the same venue. The Scottish team also won their last friendly match before the tournament, which takes place from June 11 to July 11, and Che Adams led them to victory when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over 10 Luxembourg players. Scotland start their European Championship campaign against the Czechs at Hampden Park on June 14, then face Croatia at the same stadium on June 22 and conclude the group stage against England.

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