Harry Kane thought he scored yesterday as England defeated Lithuania 3-0 in EURO 2016 qualifying. Then the goal was ruled an own-goal on Lithuania goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis. But now – good news – apparently the decision was reversed and Kane's goal will stand after all!
10 out of 10.Great achievement but the hard work starts now preparing for the summer!I heard the dubious goals panel has given me the goal.— Harry Kane (@hkane28) October 12, 2015
If you haven't seen the goal itself, it's a wonderful bit of skill. Kane played a nifty one-two pass with Adam Lallana and fired a short-angled shot at the near post. The ball ricocheted off of Arlauskis and into the net to put England up 2-0. Here's the goal, if you missed it.
(h/t nefron55, /r/coys)
While you can understand why the goal was ruled an own goal at the time by the match officials – it does take a wicked deflection – replay indicates that there really wasn't much that Arlauskis could do to stop that and the ball was likely going in the net regardless. This was a good decision from the committee.
The win in Vilnius ensured that England not only qualified for EURO 2016 (which happened a while ago, to be honest) but finished their qualifying campaign undefeated. They join Wales and Northern Ireland as the UK's "home nations" representation for the tournament, which kicks off in France this coming June.