There are nights in the careers of certain players when the confluence of form, confidence, and an opposition playing into their hands, makes them appear unstoppable, and certainly that seemed to be the spell that Raheem Sterling cast in the first half. If one was to judge the mood of the man trying to stop Sterling, Kosovo’s right-back Mergim Vojvoda, from the own goal he scored in the 38th minute then it might be appraised as a kind of bewildered despair.
Vojvoda was up against a man at the very top of his game and, although Sterling has played like this for periods for more than one season now, this again felt like he had reached another level.
Before a second half in which Kosovo reduced...
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