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Crystal Palace defender picks up vital assist as England need extra time to book quarter-final clash against Switzerland

Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi picked up a crucial late assist to keep England in the game as the Three Lions secured an extra-time round of 16 win over Slovakia on Sunday evening.

Slovakia took the lead after 25 minutes in Gelsenkirchen at the Arena AufSchalke through Ivan Schranz and they frustrated England for the majority of the match.

But with 86 seconds left to play, Lewisham-raised centre-back Guehi flicked on Kyle Walker’s thrown-in for Jude Bellingham, who acrobatically bicycle-kicked England’s equaliser past Martin Dubravka in second-half stoppage time to take the game to extra time.

Eberechi Eze was brought on in the 84th minute and played a role in the winner, firing a shot from a corner back into the box, which Ivan Toney headed towards goal for Harry Kane to win it quickly into first-half added time. 

England’s quarter-final clash will be against Switzerland – who beat current holders Italy 2-0 in their round of 16 clash – next Saturday.

Guehi will be forced to miss his first game of the tournament after he was booked just a couple of minutes after kick-off against Slovakia.

The 23-year-old will be suspended having already seen a yellow card shown his way during the group stage and will now serve a one-match ban.

Former Charlton defender Ezri Konsa was introduced in the 105th minute to help Gareth Southgate’s side see out the game.

Aston Villa defender Konsa could be in line for a start due to Guehi’s suspension. Lewis Dunk or former Charlton defender Joe Gomez could also be up for a starting role.

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