The consolation was that, despite that, Spain did not really create so when the pressure finally relented there was still a game to be saved. Rashford should have done that when put clear by Kane, but De Gea saved with his legs.
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Kane sent the rebound wide from a tight angle. Then the ball was hoisted high and as De Gea came to collect. Welbeck stood his ground, the goalkeeper spilt the ball and England thought they had salvaged an unlikely point. But then so would have been a draw. E ngland make a losing start to life in the Uefa Nations League, and, in all honesty, Spain fully deserved to win tonight. W e've played far more than the allotted nine minutes, but England are still pushing. A lovely ball gets Trippier away down the right. His drilled low cross so nearly finds Kane but Spain clear for a corner.
Welbeck takes the opportunity to pass home from close range, and he and Kane run off celebrating. The ref gives it initially, but his assistant disallows it. Luke Shaw is awake and talking to the medical staff R ose earns a yellow card by scything down Carvajal.
R amos has a Van Basten-like volley, but he gets right underneath it, before Aspas sends an effort over from 25 yards. N ine minutes added on in light of the time it took to tend to Luke Shaw. Plenty of time for an equaliser. D anny Rose goes all Andrea Pir He gets to it, but not for the first time tonight, doesn't do enough with it.
He checks back, it eventually comes to Dier on the edge of the box but the pass is too far ahead of him and Spain scramble clear. T he love train is back, and Maguire nearly profits, beating Alonso at the back stick from Trippier's corner, but he can only head wide of the target. C arvajal is the latest player to go into the referee's notebook. K ane slips Rashford in, and it all opens up perfectly for him. He hits his shot well enough but it's straight at De Gea. S ergi Roberto replaces Thiago for Spain. Thiago has been magnificent. England don't just need one player who can do what he does, they need at least two.
D ecent build-up play from England, Rashford dinking a ball over the Spain defence to Alli, but he can't quite lay it off into a team-mate's path and they have to start again. It eventually comes back to Rashford, and he lines one up from distance but Ramos charges it down. I sco just played a risky pass and Martin Tyler said "Risco".
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I expect so much better. A decent free kick is headed clear by Maguire from underneath his own crossbar. A lli's first touch lets him down, and Spain pounce. Isco nicks the ball and advances down the left, drawing a foul from Trippier a few yards from the corner flag. T he wall stands firm and blocks Isco's shot. Free-kick for Spain right on the edge of the box, 10 yards left of centre. E ngland make it into the Spain third with Rose charging down the left wing. His cross is blocked and England are forced all the way back.
Trippier nearly manages to get Kane in with a lovely ball into the right channel, but Kane is just offside. E ngland are, admirably, sticking to trying to pass their way out but they have had no luck whatsoever this half. Spain are pressing really effectively. N early a third for Spain as Thiago drills a sliced volley just over the bar after Alonso's cross is deflected to the edge of the box.
O xygen mask and neck brace for Sure, who is stretchered off the pitch to a round of applause. I t's not looking good for Shaw. This is the scene. N asty, nasty collision and a head injury for Luke Shaw. He cuts out a diagonal switch of play really well, but is completely blindsided by Carvajal as he tracks back. The Spaniard ran into Shaw and looked like he might have caught him with a shoulder.
It was completely accidental but that doesn't stop the patent concern for Shaw who lies motionless on the turf. O ne slight tweak: N o changes in personnel for either side. S o, there we have it, this is what giving a match a fancy - but ultimately meaningless - name does to international football. We have just seen the first half of England's first Nations League match and, well, it was great. The fans and players seem to care a bit more - Ramos is being booed and Spain really enjoyed the goal that sent them up - and it's also been a really entertaining first half.
Predictably, Spain look far the better team. England have done well enough, and scored a good opener, but Spain's quality and composure has shown. S haw lunges on Carvajal, who is far too quick for him, and the challenge rightly draws a yellow card from the referee.
C arvajal finds space on the right, crosses early, Stones clears, but only as far as Saul, who rifles at goal, but Pickford is equal to it. T he corner is taken short quickly to Alli, who plays back to Lingard. He lifts a ball up to Rashford in a central position and he surely must score! A wonderful ball into the box from Henderson just evades Kane and Alli, but England win a corner off Carvajal. S pain have a free-kick on the left touchline.
Thiago whips it in to the near post, and Rodrigo times his run perfectly to get across his man and tap home from very close range. C arvajal tries his best Luke Shaw impression with a low ball across the face of goal, but Maguire sees it coming and cuts it out well. G omez starts an England move off with a swift pass that split lines into Dele Alli's feet.
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He turns and makes off towards goal, with Kane running to his left and Rashford his right. Shaw is galloping up on the left in space, but Alli takes the tougher option and tries to slip Kane in.
His pass is misdirected and De Gea gathers easily. That was a big chance that you might expect the Spurs duo to make more from. A mild penalty shout for England as a free-kick is lofted into the Spain box, Maguire heads down, and it just won't drop for Kane, who is under pressure from Nacho. A fter that flurry of goals, we have settled back into the pattern we had seen early on here. Spain are having far more of the ball, knocking it around confidently high up the pitch.
Rodrigo drags a shot wide from the edge of the box. S pain come straight back at England, with Carvajal and Rodrigo combining on the right. Shaw ill-advisedly dives into a challenge and he has left a big gap behind him. Rodrigo comes in off the flank, and he is spotted by Carvajal. Rodrigo pulls it back and Saul is there to slam it in at the near post. Pickford gets a hand to it but can't keep it out. E ngland break on the right, with a neat interchange between Trippier and Henderson to get out of trouble. Alonso slides in to dispossess the Liverpool man but he skips away with the ball, feeds Kane and England are away.
He squares to Shaw, who advances down the left, and then plays a brilliant, perfectly-weighted pass across goal and Rashford is there to slam it home. S pain are pushing up in England's faces, trying to stop them playing out from the back, most probably with the idea that Harry Maguire and John Stones could be forced into a mistake.
No luck there so far. G omez snaps at Saul's ankles one too many times as the ball heads to the touchline, and concedes a free-kick pretty unnecessarily. P lenty of possession for Spain, England play out of trouble nicely but don't get anywhere of note. I'm a bit of an introvert -- and yet, I've learned to love meeting new people and engaging with strangers. I've got a mental cheat sheet of go-to phrases that almost always provoke positive reactions with new people.
These are icebreakers and enablers. They can help even the most introverted person spark engagement and become more charismatic. I'm happy to share them below, along with a little insight into how and why they work. In an effort to ensure I remember these phrases all in the heat of the moment, I came up with an acronym for each grouping: I think most people who start using this system will quickly internalize it.
You'll also find that you naturally replace the suggestions below with your own go-to phrases -- things that roll more naturally off your tongue. But these will get you started. The word cordial has two conflicting meanings: These first phrases in the cordiality group are the easiest ones -- the introductions that make a positive impression and set the tone for what follows.
They're also some of the most basic phrases you've likely been advised to use since kindergarten. Yes, we start with the most basic and simple, but a lot of people don't bother with them. Imagine your last experience at the DMV, and do the opposite. I love this phrase as a greeting, since it's polite but also packed with meaning. Being polite costs nothing. These are the kinds of introductory phrases that are conspicuous by their absence. Or any phrase through which you're subtly suggesting that you'd like to do a small favor for someone.
It's a big pet peeve for me when people say "No problem" instead of "You're welcome. We live in an informal world for the most part, but trust me on this one. If someone has earned a degree or a position with a title, they've put a lot of their life's effort into achieving and perfecting it. So address them by it, at least once in your conversation. Even if they respond with, "No, please, call me Bill," they'll appreciate it.
Cordiality is step one; frankly it's about as far as a lot of people get. Think of how many times you've been at a networking event or in a social situation where you and another person can't keep the conversation going past "hello. To take things a bit further, think about what most people like to talk about more than anything else in the world: Then, give them an opportunity. They'll likely open up. Tell me about what? Where did you get that jacket? What mode of transportation did you take to get here?
What's the best vacation you've been on? Who's the one person you want to meet tonight and why? Anything to give the other person a chance to start talking about what he or she wants, believes, or has experienced. Obviously this only works if you actually know something that the other person might be willing to share.
It's effective because you're giving the other person a head's up that you're truly interested in what it is that you're asking them to talk about. Of course, in this case you have to introduce the person to a third person, but it works wonders. You're basically inviting another person to hold court for an audience. For some people, there's no greater compliment. Recognition is related to interest, but it adds a component of reaction. You're not just telling the person that you're interested in them, you're verifying that they've had some kind of impact on you.
That assuages one of the darkest fears that most of us carry inside somewhere: Each of these phrases, when used sincerely, indicates to another person that they have value in your eyes. How can anyone fail to react positively?
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Finish the sentence any way you can. If you know the person a bit, you might say that you're impressed by how they always have great stories about the weekend, or always eat healthy food in the office. Be impressed by how they manage to carry their bag and coat at the same time. Just recognize something about them, and tell them. This one is like the last suggestion, squared.
We all wonder what other people think of us.