Brought back to earth by a 3-2 loss to Central American hopefuls Nicaragua, head coach of Jamaica’s football team Winfried Schäfer has issued a call for concentration, belief, and determination ahead of Tuesday’s return leg of the World Cup qualifying tie. On a high after their recent historic CONCACAF Gold Cup final appearance, the Reggae Boyz were stunned by FIFA’s 139th-ranked Nicaragua at the National Stadium on Friday night. The result left Jamaica, now ranked at 52, in danger of crashing out of the race for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They must win, and by two clear goals, in Nicaragua, to advance to the next round. “The head (intelligent football) is very important when you play a match like this, and we have to change. We have a good team, so we have to change game by game,” Schäfer told reporters at Friday’s post-match press conference. “When you lose, you lose, but we have to fight. The team has to believe we can change, and that is how we will. We play to win,” he continued. This ‘must-win encounter’ will take place at the Estadio Nacional in Managua. Match time is 8:30 p.m. “For the second leg, we can’t start this way. We have to press for the ball, and we have to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win,” Schäfer stressed. “Like the Gold Cup, I hope all the players will play for the team, and with discipline, so we can win the match. That is what we want,” he added. Goal scorers for Nicaragua were Manuel Rosas from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, Carlos Chavarria in the eighth, and Luis Galeano in the 48th. Darren Mattocks scored his 11th Jamaican goal in the 68th minute, while defender Adrian Mariappa scored in the 78th minute, giving Jamaica some hope of salvaging the tie. “I told players to play with accuracy from the first minute, and that was our problem. We made some mistakes, and they won 3-2. We have to concentrate; we have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,” Schäfer reasoned. He added that improvements and tactical changes in the second half brought Jamaica back into the match, while maintaining: “We lacked a bit of luck. We should have had more goals. We had shots, corners, and free kicks, we just didn’t convert many of them tonight.”
14 Jamie Vardy: 7/10 – It was an immediate impact from the Leicester striker, who came on at the break and scored 10 minutes into his European Championship debut. Chris Smalling: 6/10 – Lost out in the early physical battles to Hal Robson-Kanu, though came close to giving England the lead from a Rooney corner 10 minutes before half-time. He didnt have much to do in the second-half. Danny Rose: 7/10 – Was dangerous on the left and a brilliant surge down the left hand side almost led to a goal, but Daniel Sturridge failed to connect with the ball. The Tottenham man was decent again, as he was against Russia. Harry Kane: 5/10 – The Tottenham striker was off corner taking duty, but struggled to make an impact and was replaced by Jamie Vardy at half-time. Marcus Rashford: 6/10 – Rashford had 20 minutes to show what he could do in his first appearance in an international tournament and didnt let himself down. Daniel Sturridge: 7/10 – Appeared desperate to score himself and tried to find the net from distance a couple of times. His cross into the Wales box led to Vardys equaliser and then sent the England fans wild with the winner. 14 14 14 Raheem Sterling: 4/10 – Was wasteful in front of goal and was replaced at half-time by Daniel Sturridge. Kyle Walker: 7/10 – A lot of Englands attacks came down the right hand side and Walker was in the thick of much of it. He linked well with Lallana. Joe Hart: 5/10 – He looked pumped for the game, but was beaten by Gareth Bale from 35 yards in the first half when a goalkeeper of his calibre should probably have saved it. 14 14 14 14 What a game it was.The Battle of Britain in Group B lived up to the pre-game hype, with England coming from behind to seal a 2-1 win and top spot with four points from two matches.Click the arrow above, right, to see how the players and substitutes rated and here for the Wales ranking.Remember, every game at Euro 2016 is live on talkSPORT and you can see the different ways to listen here. 14 Adam Lallana: 7/10 – Appeared to be trying to make things happen in the first half and Sterling should have buried his low cross. Lallana was everywhere and was given a standing ovation by fans when Marcus Rashford replaced him with 20 minutes remaining. Dele Alli: 6/10 – It looked like his battle with Aaron Ramsey was going to dominate the game. The Arsenal man probably had the better of him, but Alli was solid and didnt let anyone down, then popped up to slip Daniel Sturridge in for the winner. Gary Cahill: 6/10 – He blocked an early shot when Gareth Bale burst into the box, but didnt have much to do in terms of defensive work in the second half. Wayne Rooney: 6/10 – Started off in a deep position and was caught on the ball early then fouled Hal Robson-Kanu for Gareth Bales free-kick. However, his passing was brilliant, he appeared in control in the middle and forced a good save from Hennessey. 14 14 Eric Dier: 6/10 – The Tottenham man looked comfortable again on the ball and his positioning was spot on, but like other England players, the final ball was too often the wrong one. 14 14 14
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