England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia in their 2018 World Cup qualification...
England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia in their 2018 World Cup qualification clash in Group F.
Starting without Wayne Rooney in caretaker boss Gareth Southgate's second game in charge, England suffered their first setback after winning their opening two games.
Rooney was eventually introduced as a replacement for Dele Alli on 73 minutes and England had chances through Danny Rose and Daniel Sturridge soon afterwards, while the Manchester United forward also curled an effort just wide from the edge of the area, but England failed to score.
Also in Group F, Slovakia secured their first win with a 3-0 home victory that dented Scotland's hopes of reaching the World Cup finals.
Robert Mak fired Slovakia ahead on 18 minutes when Scotland keeper David Marshall palmed a Marek Hamsik header into his path.
They doubled their advantage on 56 minutes when Mak was allowed space in the area to set up a shot before firing past Marshall, and Adam Nemec headed in a third on 68 minutes.
Scotland, who picked up four points from their meetings with Malta and Lithuania, remain ahead of Slovakia in the table after their defeats to England and Slovenia.
Quickfire first-half goals from Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira were enough to maintain Germany's 100 percent start in Group C, as they ran out 2-0 winners against Northern Ireland in Hanover.
Draxler opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a low drive from the edge of the box, before Khedira doubled the world champions' advantage four minutes later with a header.
Ilkay Gundogan, a half-time substitute for Mesut Ozil, made his first appearance for Die Mannschaft since a friendly against France on Nov. 13, 2015, after almost a year out through injury.
In Group E, Robert Lewandowski scored in the 95th minute to give Poland a 2-1 win over Armenia, breaking the hearts of the minnows who played a man down for over an hour in Warsaw.
Armenia's hopes seemed slim when Gael Andonian picked up his second yellow card in a four-minute span just after the half-hour mark, and a Hrayr Mkoyan own goal -- under pressure from Lewandowski -- put Poland ahead three minutes after the break.
But two minutes later Marcos Pizzelli scored an equaliser for Armenia with a glancing header from a set piece, and the hosts waited until the final moments to find the winner as Lewandowski headed home at the far post following a free kick.