As it happens in Euro 2016 opener, England 1 Russia 1

England were agonisingly denied an opening Euro 2016 victory after a last-minute Russia goal saw the Group B game finish 1-1 in Marseille on Saturday evening.


Roy Hodgson’s men created plenty of chances throughout the contest, with Eric Dier finally making the breakthrough with a curling free kick in the 73rd minute.

England looked set to see out the match for their first ever opening-game win at a European Championship, but a goal two minutes into added time from Russia captain Vasili Berezutski salvaged a dramatic draw.

The Three Lions now return to their Chantilly base to prepare for their next Group B game against Wales on Thursday, while Russia play Slovakia on Wednesday.

With 20 minutes to play, England were pushing for the opener as Rooney let fly from the edge of the box, but Akinfeev got down low to palm the ball onto the top of the crossbar. The rebound then fell to Lallana at the near post who also smashed the woodwork – but the offside flag was already raised.

But England made the breakthrough not long after as Kane, Rooney and Dier stood over a free kick following a foul on Alli, with the Spurs striker running over the ball and leaving it for Dier to curl over the wall and beyond the dive of Akinfeev.

Hodgson’s side looked set to hold on for a deserved win, but the jubilation in the England camp turned to despair in the second minute of added-on time.


A number of British people are in hospital in France, the UK’s ambassador has said following a series of clashes between football fans in Marseille.

Violence has broken out between England fans, rival supporters and police for three days in the French port city.

There were also clashes in the stadium following¬†England’s 1-1 Euro 2016 draw with Russia, after Russia fans appeared to rush at England supporters.

French police said one Briton had been seriously hurt in the earlier clashes.

Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game. Some fans had then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans apart.

A senior FA security official said he had not witnessed anything like it in nine major tournaments he had attended.


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